Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

A2 Assessing impacts of science and technology: risk and risk assessment Activities & Weblinks

Activities

The following activities develop ideas about risk. These ideas are also referred to in other activities.

3.5 Risks and nuclear power
3.5 Risk and uncertainty in policy making

Weblinks

Web site ‘that tries to make sense of chance, risk, luck, uncertainty and probability’
with a series of articles on topical issues
http://understandinguncertainty.org/

Article on breast cancer screening used as a case study to explain how statistics can be used
http://plus.maths.org/issue53/risk/

Discussion of how to communicate risk to the public, with useful graphs and tables on different risk relationships from Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland.
http://www.bioss.ac.uk/topics/howsafe.html

List of sites on statistics and risk from Open University.
http://www.open2.net/moreorless/weblinks.html

American Council on Science and Health publish reports on a range of health risks, critically examining received wisdom.
http://www.acsh.org/about/

A site about Radiation and Risk from Idaho University with information about measures of risk and some data on risk comparisons. Much of the dose information is in rem rather than sieverts.
http://www.physics.isu.edu/radinf/risk.htm

An introduction to air pollution and health risks from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/3_90_022.html

A 1992 report from the Health and Safety Executive about the tolerability of risk from Nuclear Power stations – quite old but still interesting.
http://www.hse.gov.uk/nuclear/tolerability.pdf