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Document ID (ISN)105264
CIS number 06-762
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Woodruff J.M.
Title Consequence and likelihood in risk assessment: A matter of balance in UK health and safety risk estimation practice
Bibliographic information June-July 2005, Vol.43, No.5-6, p.345-353. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract This article argues that risk assessment methodologies commonly applied within United Kingdom safety and health risk assessment practice are biased towards considerations of possible consequences rather than overall risk. This is seen to be leading to a slow shift towards risk aversion in safety and health decision making. A reworking of existing risk estimation methodology is therefore proposed. Instead of seeking an explicit value for the level of risk, it is suggested that, in lower risk industrial and commercial sectors, it is sufficient to establish whether the risk is likely to fall within an intolerable, tolerable or acceptable risk zone. Once this evaluation has been completed, risks judged to fall within the tolerable zone can be prioritized using values of exposure to the hazard. The method is seen as having significant advantages over other semi-quantitative risk assessment approaches presently used.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; plant safety and health organization; hazard evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) theoretical analysis; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation