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Document ID (ISN)100880
CIS number 02-1874
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2570-2
Year 2002
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 025
Author(s) Franks A., Whitehead R., Crossthwaite P., Smail L.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Application of QRA in operational safety issues
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2002. vi, 88p. Illus. 15 ref. Price: GBP 15.00.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999, or COMAH (see CIS 00-24) came into force in Great Britain in April 1999. Under these regulations, every operator is to take all measures necessary to prevent major accidents and limit their consequences to persons and the environment. This general duty is consistent with the principle of reducing risks to a level that is "as low as reasonably practicable" (ALARP). This study has performed research into the use of risk in Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) operational decisions in the context of the COMAH regulations. The research focussed on the use of regulatory guidance, risk matrices and quantitative analysis (QRA) to demonstrate compliance with the ALARP principle. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses, for any particular situation. Cost benefit analysis (CBA) when used in conjunction with QRA is able to provide an economic justification as to whether risk reduction measures should be implemented.
Descriptors (primary) responsibilities of employers; major hazards; hazard evaluation; economic aspects
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; United Kingdom; cost-benefit analysis; legislation; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Major hazards
Risk evaluation