risk communication Articles

  • 5 Tips for Building Your Company EHS Culture in a Low-Risk Environment

    Environment, health and safety (EHS) programs can do more for your company than simply checking off compliance boxes. EHS can also be an integral part of your company’s culture, demonstrating to employees that their happiness, health and safety is a priority—leading to more productivity and a more proactive approach to minimizing risk. Even in low risk environments, like offices or ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Communicating the risks, and the benefits, of nanotechnology

    Issues surrounding the wide spectrum of (perceived) risks and possible benefits associated with the rapid advance of modern nanotechnology are deliberated. These include the current realities of nanotechnological hazards, their impact vis-a-vis perceived nanotech-risks and perceived nanotech-benefits, and the consequent repercussions on the public and society. It is argued that both the risks and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A Communication Strategy for Residual Risk

    ABSTRACT The anticipated roll-out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Residual Risk Program represents a new kind of communication challenge for industrial facilities. The first risk-based rule is due in 2001. While questions have been raised about the technical compliance measures that will be required by the new regulations, the communication issues related to residual risk should not ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • How to communicate the risks of population growth?

    We need a better understanding of how the public perceive the risks of population growth, a new discussion paper argues. Research into public perceptions of the environmental and social challenges of population growth could guide behavioural-change communications to help limit growth and manage the difficulties. Specific communication issues include how to convey statistical information and the ...

  • Case study - California vineyard improves sludge movement with aeration

    Overview A California vineyard was faced with the challenge of meeting wastewater treatmentcompliance under a tight deadline defined by local regulators, while receiving ongoingodor complaints from the community. Challenges Extended periods of mismanagement from previous owners left the facility and the wastewater treatment system in disarray. ...

  • How data and analytics are keeping Philly’s water safe

    CH2M assisted Philadelphia to implement a Surveillance and Response System (SRS) demonstration project under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water Security Initiative. CH2M Global Director Smart Cities and Senior Technology Fellow Dr. Avinash S. Patwardhan and Ken Thompson, CH2M Deputy Director Intelligent Water Solutions and Senior ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Transforming Health & Safety

    What got us to where we are today will not get us to where we want to be tomorrow. Decades of awareness building, training, and record keeping on Occupational Health and Safety – spearheaded by private and public enterprises and prodded along by governments – have got us to where we are today. These efforts have moved us incrementally along a path over the past four decades from ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Recap: 4 Interesting Takeaways from the NAEM 2016 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum

    As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. The 2016 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum officially wrapped up on Friday, Oct. 28 in Denver, Colorado, and it was a fantastic event. The 24th annual event drew hundreds of EHS and sustainability professionals ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Strategies to improve the communication of probability information in risk analyses

    Difficulties in interpreting probabilities can impede the progress of risk analyses and impair the communication of risk information to stakeholders. This review examines how people have problems in interpreting probability information, leading to several strategies for improved understanding. The inconsistent translation of probability terms to numerical expressions, and the biases that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Communication surrounding the risk: nomadic concepts and plural definitions

    Risk nowadays is a social phenomenon that often makes the headlines. It has gradually emerged as one of the major themes of public debate following on from a number of disasters, but also risk appears at the heart of many scientific controversies addressed by both all the hard sciences and the human and social sciences. But risk is difficult to grasp as it is eminently subjective and depends on ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk communication and stakeholder participation in the governance of systemic environmental health risks

    Achieving effective stakeholder participation in discourses about modern, systemic risks is difficult. Risks and policies to control them stimulate behavioural changes in society, so stakeholdership evolves as events play out, and defining stakeholders requires the ability to model the adaptive responses involved. Engaging stakeholders is also problematic because of inherent barriers of time, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Towards two-way flood risk communication: current practice in a community in the UK

    Despite the considerable progress in engineering works, flooding continues and is now recognized as a major and increasing challenge. This realisation has resulted in a shift in flood risk management from leaning heavily on structural measures to the incorporation of non-structural initiatives, such as communication about flood risks that is considerate of the diversity existing within ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Societal risk communication and nuclear waste disposal

    How to deal with health and environmental protection is one of the most difficult and challenging modern policy issues. Accurate and balanced public understanding and perception of risk is essential for the development of technologies and the protection of public health and environment. Misconceived views of various environmental risks could result in our limited resources being improperly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk perceptions are essential in communicating about climate change

    Experts and members of coastal communities possess both differences and similarities in how they perceive the risks associated with changes in sea level. A new study, based on interviews with both, has found that future communication about the risks should focus on specific adaptation and mitigation strategies. The Severn Estuary in the southwest United Kingdom has the second largest tidal range ...

  • Risk communication discourse among ecological risk assessment professionals and its implications for communication with non‐experts

    Risk communication, especially to the general public and end users of plant protection products, is an important challenge. Currently, much of the risk communication the general public receives is via the popular press, and risk managers face the challenge of presenting their decisions and their scientific basis to the general public in an understandable way. Therefore, we decided to explore ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Risk communication and natural hazard mitigation: how trust influences its effectiveness

    In areas prone to natural hazards, a key goal of risk management is mitigating risk by encouraging people to adopt protective measures. Despite the efforts of civic emergency management agencies, the goal of ensuring the sustained adoption of these measures has proved elusive. This paper argues that one contributing factor has been a failure to accommodate the relationship among the complexity of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Developing consumer-focused risk communication strategies related to food terrorism

    An essential component of food defence, consumer-focused risk communication strategies related to food terrorism (FT) threats should reflect an in-depth understanding of consumers’ perceptions, priorities, and information needs related to those threats. To support development of communication strategies, we used a mental models approach to risk communication method to design, conduct and analyse ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk communication: the European Commission TSE roadmap model for policy relaxation

    The bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis forced the European Commission to impose strict regulations, the most significant and overarching of which was Regulation (EC) No 999/2001. These regulations were responsible for the abatement of the BSE epidemic in Europe in the years that followed. The 'transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) roadmap' was published by the European ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Trust in risk communication in organisations in five countries of North and South America

    This paper reports on the development of the Trust in Risk Communication scale (TRC). The TRC measures beliefs in government, management and union trustworthiness. The TRC is found to be significantly associated with (1) perception of risk from industrial hazards, (2) the Mayer, Davis and Schooner trust related factors, (3) dimensions defined by the theory of reasoned action, (4) job ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk communication in nuclear emergency management: an experiment with media news

    Communication plays a prevailing role in nuclear emergency management, and media becomes the principal information tool and bridge between the general public and the emergency management teams. In this paper we investigate the influence of communication in a hypothetical nuclear event causing radiological contamination in the food chain. For research purposes, we use TV news to measure the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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