The Advantages of Government-Industry Partnerships In Researching and Evaluating in Health and Safety Risks
Industry research and analysis on health and safety risks of their products is frequently subject to public criticism as inevitably biased. On the other hand, similar activity by government agencies is also often criticized as biased by the use of conservative assumptions and data selection and the intrusion of precautionary sentiment.
As a contradiction, it is sometimes argued that industry should be required to develop and submit data on health and safety to government agencies so that companies will bear most of the burden of assessing health and safety of their products (often referred to as “the polluter pays”). This position is frequently taken in arguing for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act, and is evident to some extent in the recently re-introduced Safe Chemicals Act bill in the U.S. Senate.
“ARA finds that DHS should reevaluate the partnership model to develop better cooperation. Partnership is a relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperaton and responsibility, as for the achievement of a specified goal, ARA members and DHS are both responsible to safeguard against fertilizer misues and manipulation but mutual cooperation can be enhanced.”
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Background Information: One of the Conference’s most important prior achievements was its role in encouraging federal agencies to make use of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). The Conference played a key role in the enactment of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act.* The Conference also issued publications and conducted seminars and training sessions to promote ADR.