Environmental Risk Communication

Environmental Risk Communication: Principles and Practices for Industry

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  • Provides a step-by-step model for constructing an effective risk communication program for your facility
  • Explains how public perception impacts risk communications
  • Presents insight from real-world examples
  • Identifies techniques for gathering and evaluating information for dissemination to the media
  • Serves as an excellent training manual and resource document to meet corporate risk communications needsContentsForeword: Operating and Communicating a Risky BusinessIntroductionPublic Perception and the Communication Challenges of Modern IndustryRisks Inherent in Modern Industrial OperationsDeveloping a Principled Plan of ActionStep 1: Operating Legally and EthicallyCompliance With All RegulationsODOR - Another Nasty Four-Letter WordFair and Just Operating PracticesCrisis Communication PlanningLife Cycle of an EmergencyFour Major Elements of Disaster PlanningDefining a CrisisStep 2: Educating Employees on Benefits and RisksWhy Are You in Business, Anyway?Determining and Communicating the Health, Safety, and Environmental RisksPollution Prevention and Risk ReductionThe Government - Here to Help You"Demanufacturing", Industrial Ecology and Life-Cycle AnalysisStep 3: Listening and Responding to the PublicIdentifying and Communicating with Stakeholders"All You Need to Determine Risk is a Ruler"Establishing a Community Advisory PanelSubmitting to Independent ReviewsAdditional SuggestionsWhat About Activists?First Responders and Local Emergency Planning CommitteesPublic Information OfficersStep 4: Disseminating Information to the MediaEnvironmental Reporting in AmericaThe News BusinessWhat is News?Disseminating Information to the MediaWho Should SpeakWho Will Arrive First?Gathering and Evaluating InformationGuidelines for Successful News Media InterviewsTips From Behind the CameraSpeedy Release of InformationReal-World ExamplesFallout From TMIThe Cement Kiln as Waste IncineratorTurning the Tide at WTIDecommissioning a B&W Nuclear FacilityPlanning for the Worst: Risk Communication and the Federal Risk Management ProgramUnderstanding the Risk Management ProgramThe "Big Picture"Applying Risk Communication PrinciplesWorking Together for a Safer CommunityReferencesAppendix A: State Pollution Prevention OfficesAppendix B: Suggested Readings for Environmental PerspectiveAppendix C: Federal and State Emergency Management OfficesAppendix D: Risk Management Plan (RMP) FormAppendix E: Example of "Air-Dispersion Modeling" Fact SheetAppendix F: Questions and Responses for RMPsIndex
  • Summary

    A public meeting with angry residents and eager reporters is a common feature on the local news. Whether addressing environmental, or other issues, the experience for the board members, consultants, and specialists at these meetings ranges from uncomfortable to nightmarish. The issues discussed in these meetings usually stem from years of community disappointment, mistrust, fears, factions, political or social positioning, or all of the above.
    Industry faces a labyrinth of environmental and business regulations, and unique challenges in dealing with the public and the media. Environmental Risk Communication serves as a guide to understanding and complying with the Federal Risk Management Program and applying risk management and communication principles to daily plant operations. This book also helps Risk Management Plan (RMP) facilities successfully meet the new Federal requirements for public disclosure of RMP offsite consequence analysis results and provides techniques for communicating effectively during environmental emergencies.
    Written in a straight-forward, no-nonsense style the book presents concise informative chapters, flow diagrams, checklists, and a thorough index. The authors present step-by-step instruction on developing a principled plan of action that generates open communications. CEOs, Corporate Communications Specialists, Plant Managers, Environmental Compliance Supervisors, Health and Safety Officers, Environmental Scientists and Engineers, and Consultants will benefit from Environmental Risk Communication.

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    Table of Contents

    Foreword: Operating and Communicating a Risky Business
    Introduction
    Public Perception and the Communication Challenges of Modern Industry
    Risks Inherent in Modern Industrial Operations
    Developing a Principled Plan of Action
    Step 1: Operating Legally and Ethically
    Compliance With All Regulations
    ODOR - Another Nasty Four-Letter Word
    Fair and Just Operating Practices
    Crisis Communication Planning
    Life Cycle of an Emergency
    Four Major Elements of Disaster Planning
    Defining a Crisis
    Step 2: Educating Employees on Benefits and Risks
    Why Are You in Business, Anyway?
    Determining and Communicating the Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks
    Pollution Prevention and Risk Reduction
    The Government - Here to Help You
    "Demanufacturing", Industrial Ecology and Life-Cycle Analysis
    Step 3: Listening and Responding to the Public
    Identifying and Communicating with Stakeholders
    "All You Need to Determine Risk is a Ruler"
    Establishing a Community Advisory Panel
    Submitting to Independent Reviews
    Additional Suggestions
    What About Activists?
    First Responders and Local Emergency Planning Committees
    Public Information Officers
    Step 4: Disseminating Information to the Media
    Environmental Reporting in America
    The News Business
    What is News?
    Disseminating Information to the Media
    Who Should Speak
    Who Will Arrive First?
    Gathering and Evaluating Information
    Guidelines for Successful News Media Interviews
    Tips From Behind the Camera
    Speedy Release of Information
    Real-World Examples
    Fallout From TMI
    The Cement Kiln as Waste Incinerator
    Turning the Tide at WTI
    Decommissioning a B&W Nuclear Facility
    Planning for the Worst: Risk Communication and the Federal Risk Management Program
    Understanding the Risk Management Program
    The "Big Picture"
    Applying Risk Communication Principles
    Working Together for a Safer Community
    References
    Appendix A: State Pollution Prevention Offices
    Appendix B: Suggested Readings for Environmental Perspective
    Appendix C: Federal and State Emergency Management Offices
    Appendix D: Risk Management Plan (RMP) Form
    Appendix E: Example of "Air-Dispersion Modeling" Fact Sheet
    Appendix F: Questions and Responses for RMPs
    Index

    Editorial Reviews

    "...a well written and easy to follow book for any professional in the industrial environmental, safety, or public relations field...Mr. Sadar is very knowledgeable and his teaching skills are evident...This book could help the "specialist" who handles multiple responsibilities for a company to focus when writing and implementing a Risk Communication Program." -Conrad J. Sobczak, Environmental/Safety Specialist, The Plastek Group

    "This is the first place you should go before preparing to release your RMP results. The authors' point out the errors others have made, and lay the groundwork for you to not make the same mistake. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who normally have little public/media contact."-Dick Baker, Environmental Compliance Supervisor, Arizona Chemical

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