The nature of technological hazard

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Science  22 Apr 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4595, pp. 378-384
DOI: 10.1126/science.6836279


Technological hazards are evaluated in terms of quantitatively expressed physical, biological, and social descriptors. For each hazard a profile is constructed that considerably extends the conventional definition of risk. The profile, which is termed hazardousness, was understood in pilot experiments on perception and appeared to capture a large fraction of lay people's concern with hazard. It also suggests an orderly method for establishing priorities for the management of hazards.

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