Title: On the Social Acceptability of Inherently Safe Technologies
Authors: OTWAY Harry
Citation: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management vol. 36 no. 1 p. 57-60
Publication Year: 1989
JRC N°: JRC5537
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC5537
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: SOME TECHNOLOGIES HAVE ENCOUNTERED PUBLIC OPPOSITION WHICH HAS DELAYED THEIR IMPLEMENTATION OR EVEN BLOCKED IT COMPLETELY. INHERENTLY SAFER TECHNOLOGIES ARE A GOOD IDEA AND CAN CERTAINLY IMPROVE SAFETY, BUT RESEARCH ON PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF HAZARDOUS TECHNOLOGIES SUGGEST 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. WE PROPOSE THAT THE INHERENT SAFETY CONCEPT BE EXTENDED TO EMBRACE PROCEDURAL AND INSTITUTIONAL INNOVATIONS THAT INVOLVE LAY AND EXPERT GROUPS IN DEVISION MAKING AND IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN TECHNICAL EXPERTS AND LAY PEOPLE.
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