Risk Management

Write a report that examines the challenges to expert knowledge in understanding and managing risk.

Contents of the report follow on page 2.

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Report Content Page:

Introduction.   P3

Case study 1: The allotment and the risks it posed on growing food.   P3

Case study 2: Sun exposure and suntanning, and lay knowledge. P4

Beck’s, The risk society, and a brief look at prevention paradox. P5

Conclusion. P6

Self reflection and references   P6


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This report will be looking at   two case studies about food risks and sun exposure, ( Carter and Jordan, 2009, Pp.63 – 78). Also Beck’s risk society and the way uncertainty plays a part in the way we think about risks in our lives and how prevention paradox benefits the population.

Case study 1   Food risks.
Allotments, safe or unsafe, let’s explore the study of an allotment in the London Borough of Hackney. In 2003 Tim Jordan ( Carter and Jordan, 2009, p.63) and his family received news that their allotment soil was contaminated with arsenic and lead. This news would be very disturbing to anybody and brings fear and uncertainty (uncertainty, ‘ignorance of, or a lack of precision regarding, the consequences of an activity, or an activity, or a general feeling of not knowing’   Carter and Jordan, 2009, p.59) of future health problems if they are to ignore this information. Tests were carried out on the soil by the London Borough of Hackney; the tests measured how much poison was in the soil. With quantitative tests being done by the LBH, figures from the first test was saying the soil was poisoned, but with the new second test data was showing that the soil was safe.
That second test called PBET (physiologically based extraction test) aims to measure how much poison can be absorbed into the gut of humans called bioaccessibility. ( Carter and Jordan, 2009, p.65)  
So looking   at the evidence, the soil has moved from a high...