From impact assessment to user-friendly risk management decision-making

Barnes, Paul (1994) From impact assessment to user-friendly risk management decision-making. In Chu, Cordia M. & Simpson, Rod (Eds.) Ecological Public Health : From Vision to Practice. The Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto and The Institute of Applied Environmental Research, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, pp. 75-79.

Abstract

In earlier cultures and societies, hazards and risks to human health were dealt with by methods derived from myth, metaphor and ritual. In modem society however, notions of hazard and risk have been transformed from the level of a folk discourse to that of an expert centred concept (Plough & Krimsky, 1987). With the professionalization of risk and hazard analysis came a preferred framework for decision making based on a range of 'technical' methodologies (Giere, 1991 ). This is especially true for decision processes relating to risk assessment and management, and impact assessment. Such approaches however, often entail narrow technical-based theoretical assumptions about human behaviour and the natural world, and the· methods used. They therefore carry 'in-built' error factors that contribute considerable uncertainty to the results.

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ID Code: 70588
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISSN: 0868575526
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 The Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto and The Institute of Applied Environmental Research, Griffith University
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2014 23:44
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2015 15:09

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