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This paper discusses the fact that, although there is a lot of literature on the notion of `risk communication', not much of it is relevant to major hazards in Europe. Research is needed to help people understand the many uncertainties that remain. Risk communication is not only about risk information, it is the starting point for re-defining the relations between society and technology. The paper begins by explaining the concept of risk communication. It considers risks of industrial origin and the current state of ignorance with respect to major hazard communications. It concludes with comments on the social meaning of risk communication.

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Authors: OTWAY H, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Communicating with the public about major accident hazards. A European conference, Varese (IT), May 30-June 1, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34867 ORA
Record Number: 198910790 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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