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What Risk?: Paperback edition
     

What Risk?: Paperback edition

by Roger Bate, David Davis
 

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ISBN-10: 0750642289

ISBN-13: 9780750642286

Pub. Date: 03/09/1999

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Whether the public or the environment is at risk is a commonly discussed question in numerous areas of public life, most recently and publicly with regard to issues like BSE, passive smoking and the dangers from pesticides in food production. It is therefore of great importance for everyone concerned with these issues - both policy makers and the public who may be

Overview

Whether the public or the environment is at risk is a commonly discussed question in numerous areas of public life, most recently and publicly with regard to issues like BSE, passive smoking and the dangers from pesticides in food production. It is therefore of great importance for everyone concerned with these issues - both policy makers and the public who may be subject to their decisions - to understand the basis on which 'risk' policy is made. The principle objective of this book is to highlight the uncertainties inherent in 'scientific' estimates of risk to the public and the environment resulting from exposure to certain hazards.

Numerous examples of potential and real hazards are given. They all show that injury to personal health or the environment is a function not only of the toxicity (i.e. the lethality of a particular hazard) but of the level of exposure to the hazard concerned - in the words of the old maxim, the dose makes the poison.

Existing regulation is criticized for being based on a flawed application of a poor epidemiological methodology, where toxicity is the basis of regulation and dose tends to be ignored. Furthermore, some authors conclude that risk is a subjective phenomenon that cannot be eliminated through regulation.

Leading international expert authors and contributors
Mass-media launch on publication
Important new commercial and H&S area of interest

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750642286
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
03/09/1999
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
0.74(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Methodology; Indoor Air Quality and Epidemiology; Environmental Tobacco Smoke; Pesticides; Dioxin; Asbestos; Benzene; Ionizing Radiation; Science policy; Risk Perception; Risk and the media; Index.

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