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Exposing Workers to Plutonium

1. Identify the problems identified in the case. Evaluate the options of possible solutions presented by the authors.
2. Should management in the plant make a full disclosure of known risks, even when the risks are believed to be insignificant?
3. Did the government have the responsibility to pay the workers for the risks that they were asked to undertake as well as the health effects that resulted?
4. In failing to make a full disclosure, are the plant owner and managers guilty of a moral violation? What is the moral violation, and is some form of punishment in order?
5. What was the author's recommend solution? Do you agree or disagree with their recommendation? Why or why not?


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1. One of the major problems identified in this case, is the fact that thousands of uranium workers were unknowingly exposed to uranium and other radioactive materials. Another major problem identified in this case, that serves to exacerbate the previously mentioned problem in this case, is the fact that the organization had full knowledge of the plutonium contamination that the workers were exposed to, as well as the health hazards that were commensurate with this exposure. The problem of plutonium contamination outside of the immediate area of the plant is also a problem identified in this case, that also details the problem of water contamination that has resulted from the plutonium contamination in the area around the plant.

2. In situations of this nature, management in the plant should make full disclosures of known risks to all employees, even when the risk are believed to be insignificant. This full disclosure is necessary, due to the fact that all individuals have the right ...