C8.5 Communication of Risk


Communication can be used either as a tool to provide information, explain and warn, or to encourage collective partnership approaches to decision-making through greater public participation in the risk management process.

The aim of the communication will affect the suitability of the communication process. This may be to:

  • Ensure compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Inform individuals about certain risks.
  • Encourage desired changes in knowledge, attitudes, opinions or behaviours.
  • Create trust and confidence in decision-making processes.


Successful risk communication is difficult to achieve because it will frequently involve the need to engage diverse audiences, with different levels of knowledge and understanding.