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Precautionary Principle

Definition overview

1 Definition

The Precautionary Principle or precautionary approach states that if an action or Policy or Procedure has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or Policy or Procedure is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.

2 References

USQ Defined.

3 Definition Information

Approved Date

1/7/2013

Effective Date

1/7/2013

Record No

14/272PL

Failure to comply with this Policy or Policy Instrument may be considered as misconduct and the provisions of the relevant Policy or Procedure applied.

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