Risk information needs of communities near Seveso sites : a pilot study
The aim of this pilot study is to begin to resolve some of the uncertainties which arise when the Seveso Directive is implemented by the Member States. Such uncertainties mainly relate to the real information needs of the public, to the amount of information to be given, and to its level of detail. Such uncertainties also hinge upon the attempt to disseminate information so that it stimulates adequate arousal in the receivers rather than creating anxiety. The 73 item protocol is designed to resolve the uncertainties referred to above. It investigates, mostly through pre-structured items, people's risk information needs. These are defined as what is needed by people in order to collect, organize, retain, and believe information so that they can recall and use it as a positive resource when necessary. The areas investigated by the protocol are the following: 1. General definition of risk and industrial risk plant according to interviewees' reference experiences, and the criteria according to which people feel safe. 2. Various ways people store, give, and utilise information about risk. 3. Credibility about quality and sources of information, perception of qualified informers. 4. Opinion about local authorities' attitudes towards possible industrial emergencies and present knowledge about risks and safety measures. 5. Perception of the installation. 6. Information about the respondents.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12887 EN (1990) 167 pp., MF, ECU 8, blow-up copy ECU 21.25
Record Number: 199011394 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en