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Document ID (ISN)100564
CIS number 02-1599
ISSN - Serial title 1047-322X - Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Toffel M.W., Birkner L.R.
Title Estimating and controlling workplace risk: An approach for occupational hygiene and safety professionals
Bibliographic information July 2002, Vol.17, No.7, p.477-485. Illus. 6 ref.
Abstract Meeting safety and health objectives requires financial resources. This article proposes that risk decisions should be made with probabilistic processes used in financial decision-making, which are familiar and recognizable to business managers. It develops the processes and demonstrates the use of incident probabilities, past outcome information and incremental impact analysis to estimate risk of multiple alternatives in the chemical industry. It also analyses how the ethical aspects of decision-making can be addressed in formulating safety and health risk management plans. It is concluded that easily understood applied probabilistic risk assessment methods used by business to assess financial and outcome risk have applicability to improving workplace safety and health.
Descriptors (primary) chemical industry; plant safety and health organization; hazard evaluation; economic aspects
Descriptors (secondary) statistical evaluation; ethics; mathematical models
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Ethical issues
Chemical industry
Risk evaluation
Economic aspects