Home Current Issue Previous Issues ORS Collections For Authors Journal Info
Skip Navigation LinksHome > September 1997 - Volume 73 - Issue 3 > Fundamentals for Establishing a Risk Communication Program
Health Physics:
Papers: PDF Only

Fundamentals for Establishing a Risk Communication Program

Ng, K. L.; Hamby, D. M.

Collapse Box

Abstract

This paper provides a suggested outline for developing a risk communication organizational plan that could be used by a variety of federal, state, or private agencies. Drawing on various techniques presented in the literature and on the authors' insights, suggestions are provided as to how to formulate and convey risk messages. First, the paper provides a few risk communication fundamentals including definitions, the goal of informing vs. influencing, the importance of public participation in risk management, building trust and credibility, the consideration of outrage, and the importance of oral and visual communications. Second, a stepwise approach synthesized by the authors is presented that can be applied in developing a risk communication program. The approach is a 13-step method based on the premise that the risk communication program should be dynamic, flexible, and involve interaction with the public at every possible step.

(C)1997Health Physics Society

Login

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.