Risk assessment as well as risk perception and risk communication are essential skills for the occupational health professional.
However, in view of the widespread failure of employed groups and the general public to reach national conclusions on risk, we are clearly failing in our duty to the wider world.
This paper reviews the basis of public ignorance and disquiet as well as the essential elements needed for effective risk communication.
Examples include the Brent Spar saga, electromagnetic fields, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
The way public perceptions can effect symptomatology is discussed as well as low political and legal opinions can influence the risk debate.
A way forward is proposed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Evaluation, Risque, Information public, Echec, Perception sociale, Politique sanitaire, Communication information, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Evaluation, Risk, Public information, Failure, Social perception, Health policy, Information communication, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0408936
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 25/01/1999.