Environmental Standards: Combined Exposures and Their by Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Streffer, J. Bücker, A.

By Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Streffer, J. Bücker, A. Cansier, D. Cansier, C. F. Gethmann, R. Guderian, G. Hanekamp, D. Henschler, G. Pöch, E. Rehbinder, O. Renn, M. Slesina, K. Wuttke (auth.), Friederike Wütscher (eds.)

The speedy progress of the realm inhabitants - approximately six-fold during the last hundred years - mixed with the emerging variety of technical installations specifically within the industrialized international locations has bring about ever tighter and extra strained residing areas on our planet. simply because ofthe inevitable strategies oflife, guy was once in the beginning an exploiter instead of a cautious preserver of our environment. Environmental expertise so as to preserve the surroundings has grown in simple terms within the previous few a long time. Environmental criteria were outlined and restrict values were set principally guided, besides the fact that, through medical and clinical information on unmarried exposures, whereas public opinion, nonetheless, now more and more demands astronger attention of the extra advanced events following mixed exposures. additionally, it grew to become out that environmental criteria, whereas unavoidably in line with clinical information, should also take note of moral, felony, monetary, and sociological elements. a job of such complexity can simply be handled accurately within the framework of an inter­ disciplinary group.

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The manufacturer should be obligated to investigate any indication of combined effects in the base set oftesting; these findings would then have to be expanded upon if necessary on the basis of supplementary test requirements. The testing of old substances should also be amended accordingly. It must be taken into account from the legal point of view that when regulating combined effects, constitutional requirements do not compel the state to seek a solution which is "optimal" in substance. The application ofthe principle ofprotection (defending against danger) and ofthe precautionary principle (taking precautions against risk) permit appropriate solutions to be found if their constitutional limitations are heeded.

Hence, the confident attitude towards chance expresses itself in the readiness to enter aventure that can carry a chance or a risk. Considering life from the perspective of managing chance, on the other hand, is an element of the modern self-image of (western) man. The humans of the modern age and of enlightenment, who are distinguished by a confident attitude to life, try to pursue their risk management by taking precautions. ) and the rational betting behaviour in gambling. Both examples show that the genesis of risk assessment lies in the human-cultural contexts, and that it does not primarily represent a category for the assessment of appliances, machines and installations.

Here, against the background of considerable gaps in the information basis, the foremost task is to explore the potential and limitations of the precautionary principle for managing the risks caused by combined effects. In addition, it needs to be examined, by way of principles of legal imputation, which of the involved parties have to bear the corresponding reduction burden and the costs incurred thereby. 4 Introduction From the perspective of philosophy, apart from the aspects covered by the philosophy of science, concerning terminology and methods one has to deal mainly with ethical questions, in the first place with the weighing of options under risk.

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