SRP Workshop on 'Communication of Radiation Risk in the Modern World'


Bryant PA, Yoshida H, Butlin M, Wood MD, Raines K, Bannon A & Hunak S (2020) SRP Workshop on 'Communication of Radiation Risk in the Modern World'. Journal of Radiological Protection, 40 (1), Art. No.: 319.

Communicating radiation risk is an important part of radiation protection. However, achieving effective risk communication is challenging given the negative public perception of radiation and conflicting views presented by both media and social media. Noting the importance of building capacity amongst radiation protection professionals to communicate radiation risk effectively, the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) ran a half-day workshop at its Annual Conference on the 22nd May 2019 in Scarborough Spa, UK. A number of key factors were identified that should be considered when communicating with the public post a nuclear or radiological incident, communicating with government and local authorities, and communicating with the public as part of public outreach. The following memorandum provides a summary of the points presented and discussed. It also outlines proposed future activities of the SRP focused on further developing the communications aspect of radiation professionals' practice.

Communication; Radiation Risk; Public Perception; Radiological Incident; Outreach; Government; Local Authorities

Journal of Radiological Protection: Volume 40, Issue 1

Publication date31/03/2020
Publication date online24/09/2019
Date accepted by journal24/09/2019