Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society. San Antonio, TX, USA, 1997.
I am greatly honored to be invited by the Presidents Emeritus Committee of the Health Physics Society as a G. William Morgan Lecturer for 1997.
The topic of this Plenary Session on Public Information and Public Relations is very close to my heart ; it was a theme for my term as President of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA).
I met IRPA members from all of the societies affiliated to IRPA and found that they shared a common concern about the need to improve public information especially in the event of a nuclear emergency.
But who should tell them and what should be the message ?
There is considerable agreement about the desired characteristics of the messenger in risk communication.
These include credibility, openness, and the sharing of uncertainty.
The profession must maintain the status and credibility of the members, it must train members in communication skills, and above all win the cooperation of other professions.
There are many obstacles to radiation protection communication, and, in particular, the complex language, derived from research, should be reserved for colleagues, and our message to the public must be clarified and freed from unnecessary jargon.
Communication would be more efficient and possibly cause less anxiety if people were better educated about ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.
There is considerable disagreement within the profession about the content of our message to the public. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Information public, Communication, Radioprotection, Application médicale, Application industrielle, Procédure urgence, Rayonnement ionisant, Estimation paramètre
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Public information, Communication, Radioprotection, Medical application, Industrial application, Emergency procedure, Ionizing radiation, Parameter estimation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0011339
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 31/05/1999.