Recognizing the central importance of effective communication, education, and policy across all of the domains of radiation safety and radiation protection, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) established a new committee in 2013. Program Area Committee 7 (PAC 7) was created to develop projects and provide guidance on Radiation Education, Risk Communication, Outreach, and Policy. After identifying individuals with relevant expertise who were willing to serve, the Committee held its inaugural meeting in 2014. In 2015, the Committee increased its membership and began carrying out an expanded program of activities. One area of activity has involved providing input and feedback on risk communication issues to NCRP and other agencies. Another area of work has involved liaising with other NCRP committees (e.g., Council Committee 1 and PAC 3) to help incorporate psychosocial and risk communication issues into projects. Future efforts of NCRP's newest PAC are expected to include the development of authoritative reports and commentaries dealing with critical issues and challenges in radiation risk communication, education, and policy.
Original Publication Citation
Becker, S. M., & Locke, P. A. (2016). NCRP program area committee 7: Radiation education, risk communication, outreach, and policy. Health Physics, 110(2), 116-117. doi:10.1097/hp.0000000000000417
Becker, S. M. and Locke, P. A., "NCRP Program Area Committee 7: Radiation Education, Risk Communication, Outreach, and Policy" (2016). Community & Environmental Health Faculty Publications. 67.