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Document ID (ISN)108632
CIS number 08-1040
Year 2008
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 536
Author(s) Wright M., Beardwell C., Pennie D., Smith R., Norton Doyle J., Dimopoulos E.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Evidence based evaluation of the scale of disproportionate decisions on risk assessment and management
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. xii, 100p. 12 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This report summarises a study of the prevalence and causes of disproportionate safety and health management in the United Kingdom. It confines itself to decisions that err on the side of excessive caution, excluding reckless decisions. Work involved reviewing literature, consulting trade associations and professional bodies, conducting a postal survey of decision makers and carrying out 12 case studies. Three times as many respondents believed that there was a problem with risk aversion in the United Kingdom in general, compared to those who felt that their own organization had such a problem. Some important factors include the fear of litigation, prosecution and personal liability. It also appears that the perceived likelihood of litigation and prosecution does not accord with true trends, suggesting that steps could be taken to address these fears.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; psychology and sociology; risk awareness; United Kingdom
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; subjective assessment; legal aspects; criminal liability; report; questionnaire survey; responsibilities; case study
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Criminal liability in OSH
Safety culture and safety consciousness
Psychological factors