Conflicts in Health and Safety Matters: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

by Richard C. Schwing, General Motors Research Lab, Warren, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources V


Constraints on time and resources influence the public sector as strongly as they influence our personal lives. Experience teaches us that our desires must be tempered by hard realities. Finite resources require that even life-extending and life-saving efforts must be approached with efficiency criteria in mind. Efficiency becomes synonymous with priority setting and trade-offs. Efficiency also can be shown to be the ethical criterion for choice.

Subject Headings: Safety | Rocks | Health hazards | Resource management | Risk management | Ethics

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