Precautionary Framework for Public Health Protection
The Precautionary Framework is an overarching concept encompassing procedures to consider in managing risks that are either known (i.e. relatively established and certain) or uncertain. It is intended that the precautionary framework provides knowledge at all key stages and thus ensure a more comprehensive understanding of overall or aggregate risk. The Precautionary Framework also provides ways to develop options for reducing exposure to physical, chemical or biological agents, to assess and select the option or options most appropriate for the risk being considered, and facilitates implementation, evaluation and monitoring the chosen option(s). Risk management within the Precautionary Framework is an iterative process and encourages the development of new information and understanding. By involving a wide range of stakeholders in the process, the Precautionary Framework requires clarification of stakeholder interests as well as transparency in the way decisions are made.
General Approach to Protection Against Non-Ionizing Radiation
This document explains the approach that ICNIRP uses in providing advice on protection against non-ionizing radiation (NIR) exposure to serve both as a guide for the understanding of ICNIRP’s documents and for its future work. The activities of ICNIRP are delineated, and the relationships with other advisory and legislative bodies are described. Furthermore, ICNIRP’s current general approach to the assessment of health risks as a basis for the development of guidelines on limiting exposure is explained.
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
Risk communication is the process of informing people about the hazards of a site. The purpose of risk communication is to help residents of affected communities to: understand risk assessment and risk management; form scientifically valid perceptions of the likely hazards; and participate in making decisions about how risk should be managed. The process of informing people about site hazards is a two-way conversation in which the site team informs and is informed by affected community members. This tool contains techniques for effectively communicating risk to the public.