Hazard and risk

Making Sense of Risk

In 2004, CTPA published a discussion paper in response to a growing recognition amongst industry, politicians, NGOs, media and consumers that the debate around what has been called the "worry society" is one in which we all need to engage.

Our industry faces the challenge to put risk into perspective and demonstrate the difference between risk and hazard.

We welcome comments on the content and conclusions of this CTPA White Paper (info@ctpa.org.uk). If you wish to share it with others please make use of the link below.

We are committed to dispelling myths and assumptions that all chemicals are dangerous to our health.  We believe that tackling the debate around risk and risk communication is essential to avoid a future where people live in fear of safe everyday products.  The CTPA has a dedicated consumer site, www.thefactsabout.co.uk, which helps dispel common myths, highlights the science behind cosmetic products and provides helpful advice.   

Risk in Perspective

We all face the challenge of putting risk into perspective in our everyday lives and in this white paper we set out to understand more about how we do this.

Our industry faces the challenge to put risk into perspective and demonstrate the difference between risk and hazard. In this paper we argue that consumers deserve more credit for holding sensible attitudes to risk.  It challenges perceptions, often created by NGOs and the media, of a society frightened of the results of scientific developments and scared of everyday products.  What is clear from this research is that when given information in a balanced way, consumers understand the benefits of scientific progress and also appreciate that zero risk in life is impossible.

This paper builds on our previous calls to action, including closer collaboration between NGOs, government, industry and the media, to create a climate in which people are able to make sense of the right information.  We want recognition of the need to provide clear and accessible information that relies on people’s ability to put risk into perspective.  In short, to trust in their own good sense. 

We welcome comments on the content and conclusions of this CTPA White Paper (info@ctpa.org.uk). If you wish to share it with others please make use of the link below. Hard copies are available on request.