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Report of the Assistant Deputy Minister Working Group on Risk Management.. ] Sandman, P. M. 1993. Responding to community outrage: Strategies for effective risk communication. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association. Senge, P. 1990. The Fifth Discipline. New York: Doubleday. Slovic, P. 1987. Perception of risk. Science 236: 280–85. ——. 1992. Perception of risk: Reflections on the psychometric paradigm. In Social Theories of Risk, ed. S. Krimsky and D. Golding. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

6. Academic There are a number of academics in Canada with an expertise in risk management. 1. ca/irr [The Institute for Risk Research (IRR) conducts research on risk management and acts as a knowledge base to assist Canadian governments, public organizations and industry in risk management decisions and policies. Research and development on measures of safety, risk management of dangerous goods, safety of blood systems, etc. The IRR Web site has a link to the Network for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (NERAM), which is run by the IRR.

Contention arises over what actions to take when uncertainty is high. We can see this type of contention over complex risks that are not well understood such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity. In situations with high uncertainty, the use of a precautionary approach or principle may be warranted. Application of this approach represents an emerging strategy for dealing with uncertainty, although application remains unclear. Clarifying how precaution will be used — under what circumstances, under what criteria — will provide people involved with a risk decision with clearer guidelines.

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