Social and Ethical Aspects of Radiation Risk Management

Series Editor:

  • M. Baxter, Isle of Seil, Argyll, UK

Edited by

  • Deborah Oughton, Center for Environmental Radioactivity (CERAD), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway
  • Sven Hansson, Division of Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the major ethical and social issues resulting from the use of ionizing radiation. It covers topics such as nuclear fuel cycles, radioactive waste treatment, nuclear bomb testing, nuclear safety management, stakeholder engagement, cleanup after nuclear accidents, ecological risks from radiation, environmental justice, health and safety for radiation workers, radiation dose standards, the ethics of clinical radiology, and the principles of radiation protection and their ethical underpinnings. With authors ranging from philosophers to radiation protection officials and practitioners, the book spans from theoretical to practical implications of this important area of radiation risk assessment and management.
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Health physics specialists, radiation protection authorities, industry and regulators, risk assessors and managers, students in applied ethics


Book information

  • Published: September 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-045015-5

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I. Ethical principles for radiation protection
2. Radiation risks and the ICRP
3. Moral thinking and radiation protection
4. A cross-cultural approach to radiation ethics
5. Ethical aspects of ecological risks from radiation
6. Why chemical risk assessment can learn from radiation protection
Part II. Putting protection to practice
7. Ethical issues in clinical radiology
8. Ethics in practice - protecting workers
9. ALARA: What is reasonably achievable?
Part III. Nuclear accidents and how to prevent them
10. Lessons learned from the Chernobyl accident in Norway
11. Lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster
12. Environmental injustice in radiation dose standards
13. Safety culture and safety quality
Part IV. Proliferation and the nuclear fuel cycle
14. The legacies of Soviet nuclear testing in Kazakhstan
15. Moral dilemmas of uranium and thorium fuel cycles
Part V. Public participation
16. Social identities and public uptake of science
17. Stakeholder Engagement in regaining living conditions after Chernobyl
18. Public Participation - potential and pitfalls
19. Can radwaste host communities be compensated without being bribed?