Societal Risk Assessment

Front Cover
This volume constitutes the papers and discussions from a symposium on "Societal Risk Assessment: How Safe is Safe Enough?" held at the General Motors Research Laboratories on October 8-9, 1979. This symposium was the twenty-fourth in an annual series sponsored by the Research Laboratories. Initi ated in 1957, these symposia have as their objective the promotion of the interchange ofknowledge among specialists from many allied disciplines in rapidly developing or changing areas ofscience or technology. Attendees characteristically represent the academic, government, and industrial institutions that are noted for their ongoing activities in the particular area of interest. The objective of this symposium was to develop a balanced view of the current status of societal risk assessment's role in the public policy process and then to establish, if possible, future directions of research. Accordingly, the symposium was structured in two dimensions; certainty versus uncertainty and the subjective versus the objective. Furthermore, people representing extremely diverse discip lines concerned with the perception, quantification, and abatement of risks were brought together to provide an environment that stimulated the exchange of ideas and experiences. The keys to this exchange were the invited papers, arranged into four symposium sessions. These papers appear in this volume in the order of their presentation. The discussions that in turn followed from the papers are also included.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

THE NATURE OF RISK
5
REFERENCES
14
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
19
REFERENCES
37
DISCUSSION
38
THE HIGHWAY
43
REFERENCES
62
DISCUSSION
66
ETHICS ECONOMICS AND THE VALUE OF SAFETY
217
REFERENCES
229
DISCUSSION
230
PROBLEMS AND PROCEDURES IN THE REGULATION OF TECHNOLOGICAL RISK
233
REFERENCES
247
DISCUSSION
248
THE ROLE OF LAW IN DETERMINING ACCEPTABILITY OF RISK
255
REFERENCES
266

PERCEPTIONS OF RISK AND THEIR EFFECTS ON DECISION MAKING
71
REFERENCES
80
SESSION II ACCEPTABILITY WITH FIXED RESOURCES
85
ON MAKING LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS
89
REFERENCES
106
ECONOMIC TOOLS FOR RISK REDUCTION
115
DISCUSSION
124
TRADEOFFS
129
REFERENCES
141
DISCUSSION
142
RISKSPREADING THROUGH UNDERWRITING AND THE INSURANCE INSTITUTION
147
REFERENCES
175
DISCUSSION
176
ACCEPTABILITY IN A DEMOCRACY WHO SHALL DECIDE?
179
UNDERSTANDING PERCEIVED RISK
181
REFERENCES
212
DISCUSSION
214
DISCUSSION
267
DIRECTIONS AND PERSPECTIVES OF SOCIETAL RISK ASSESSMENT
271
CULTURE OR CONTEXT
273
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RISK MANAGEMENT
287
REFERENCES
311
DISCUSSION
313
PROSPECTS FOR CHANGE
319
REFERENCES
332
MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSION
333
CONCLUDING REMARKS
339
SYMPOSIUM SUMMARY THE SAFETY PROFESSIONS IMAGE OF HUMANITY
343
REFERENCES
346
PARTICIPANTS
347
PROPER NAME INDEX
353
SUBJECT INDEX
355
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information