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Comparative Risk Assessment: Concepts, Problems and Applications

Comparative Risk Assessment: Concepts, Problems and Applications

Holger Schütz, Peter M. Wiedemann, Wilfried Hennings, Johannes Mertens, Martin Clauberg

ISBN: 978-3-527-60882-9

Aug 2006

229 pages

Description

Providing a catalogue of suggested solutions for different categories of issues, this book offers a balanced overview and methodological examples for the practical implementation of the CRA. It considers CRA in the USA, Europe and Germany, using case studies to analyze and exemplify the decision-making processes and challenges involved. The authors then go on to look at the practical lessons learned from these case studies, together with an in-depth discussion of the underlying scientific hypotheses.
Sound scientific knowledge for everyone who makes decisions, whether government ministers, regulators, or company directors.
Introduction
CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS
Risk
Danger/
Potential for Damage -
Hazard
Incertitude and Uncertainty
Risk Assessment
Risk Evaluation
Risk Comparison
Risk Management
Risk Regulation
Risk Communication
CRA IN PRACTICE
CRA's Political Environment
Projects Case Studies
THE EMPIRICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CRA
A Starting Point for Risk Comparisons
Risk Comparisons as a Means of Risk Communication
Procedural Challenges
CRA Negotiations under Conflict
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR AN INTEGRATED COMPARATIVE RISK EVALUATION
Methodological Problems of a CRA
Methodology of Comparative Risk Evaluation
THE PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION OF CRA
Limits of Comparability
Goals of a Comparative Evaluation of Risks
Participation Models
CRA Participants
The Sequence of Events in a CRA
The Organization of Communication
APPENDIX
Risk Metrics
Multiattribute Comparative Risk Evaluation (MCRA)
Comparative Evaluation of Unclear Risks
The Comparative Evaluation of the Risks of Hazardous Incidents
Bibliography
""...offers a possible means of providing a scientific basis for decisions concerning environmental components and health related. There is still a need to further study and understand how best comparative risk assessment can fulfill its full potential, and the publication of this book is a most helpful addition.""
Environmental Engineering and Management Journal