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

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


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

1.7 What risks do you take?
1.7 Risks your personal choices
1.7 Mobile phone use
1.7 Talking risk
1.7 Managing radiation doses
1.8 Alcohol
1.8 Health Education – bicycle safety


Discussion of how to communicate risk to the public, with useful graphs and tables on different risk relationships from Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland.

More advice for journalists, particularly on the differences between relative and absolute risk, from SciDev.net.

List of sites on statistics and risk from Open University.

American Council on Science and Health publish reports on a range of health risks, critically examining received wisdom.

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.

An introduction to air pollution and health risks from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

A 1992 report from the Health and Safety Executive about the tolerability of risk from Nuclear Power stations – quite old but nonetheless interesting.