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Risk communication, public participation and the Seveso II directive.

Walker, Gordon P. and Simmons, Peter and Irwin, Alan and Wynne, Brian E. (1999) Risk communication, public participation and the Seveso II directive. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 65 (1-2). pp. 179-190. ISSN 0304-3894

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Abstract

Risk communication and public participation are considered in the context of the forthcoming requirements of the ‘Seveso II' Directive. The discussion draws substantially on the findings of a research project which has investigated public perceptions of the risks from major accident hazards in seven communities in the UK. Implications for the Directive's requirements on emergency information provision, public access to safety reports and consultation on emergency plans are considered. Our conclusions stress the need for risk communication to be seen as a long term and ongoing process, involving active listening to public reasoning about risk and a sensitivity to the context in which communication is taking place. In meeting both needs and rights to information and encouraging and enabling public participation, we conclude that the Directive should contribute in some degree to an improved environment for dialogue and the building of trust.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk communication ; Public participation ; Seveso II Directive ; Accident hazards ; Emergency information provision ; Trust
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 22082
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2009 09:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 15:47
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22082

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