On the Public Controversy Over the Regulation of Risk: Towards A Professional Ethics For Risk Evaluators

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Author: Marc Saner

Published in Professional Ethics Journal (11:4, pp. 79-85), this paper addresses the interaction between risk assessors and risk managers at the science-policy interface. Organizations are inclined to segregate risk assessors and risk managers to protect the former from political biases and to achieve the ideal of sound science supporting decision-making. This study offers an analysis and alternate management approach, arguing that a dialogue between risk assessors and risk managers over values is not only an essential component of a defensible workplace ethic but also compliant with the goal of achieving sound science.

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