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Abstract

Some technologies have encountered public opposition which has delayed their implementation or even blocked it completely. Inherently safer technologies are valuable as a means of improving safety, but research on public perceptions of hazardous technologies suggests that safety is only loosely coupled to social acceptability. It is concluded that the notion of inherent safety does not necessarily make technologies more acceptable. It is proposed that the inherent safety concept be extended to embrace procedural and institutional innovations that involve lay and expert groups in decision making and improve communications between the two groups.

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Authors: OTWAY H, JRC Ispra Estab., 21020 Ispra (VA) (IT);HAASTRUP P, JRC Ispra Estab., 21020 Ispra (VA) (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 36 (1989), No. 1, pp. 57-60
Record Number: 198911063 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en