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Six steps for successful incident investigation

Organisations investigate business upsets because they are required to by law or their own company standards, or the public or shareholders expect it. But, whatever the motivation, the goal is to identify why the incident happened and to take action to reduce the risk of future incidents.

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Risk-based decision making

Decisions evolve around the need to make choices, either to do or not to do something, or to select one option from a range of options. The choices available are often constrained by social, technical, business, safety and environmental requirements and objectives. Successful decision making requires an understanding of these many requirements and objectives, their relative importance, and how to assess options and make the 'best' decision.

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Chronic unease – the hidden ingredient in successful safety leadership?

Leaders working in high hazard industries are faced with a difficult personal challenge: how do you avoid complacency about major accidents such as a nuclear release, oil spill or train derailment, when such events rarely happen? How do you not 'forget to be afraid'?

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So what is ALARP?

No industrial activity is entirely free from risk and so many companies and regulators around the world require that safety risks are reduced to levels that are As Low As Reasonably Practicable, or "ALARP".

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RISKworld Issue 41, Spring 2022

RISKworld Issue 41, Spring 2022

The Ukraine is rightly dominating the news – our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine at this very difficult time. In this edition we outline how to manage single point vulnerabilities, take a holistic approach to the cyber-security of operational technology, analyse uncertainties in containment risk assessment, present a barrier health dashboard and introduce governance, risk and compliance.

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The Ukraine is rightly dominating the news – our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine at this very difficult time. In this edition we outline how to manage single point vulnerabilities, take a holistic approach to the cyber-security of operational technology, analyse uncertainties in containment risk assessment, present a barrier health dashboard and introduce governance, risk and compliance.

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RISKworld Issue 40, Autumn 2021

RISKworld Issue 40, Autumn 2021

This a special edition for us, celebrating our 20th anniversary. We reflect on changes in the working day and advances in risk and safety management over the past 20 years, and speculate on changes over the next 20 years. We outline what’s new in learning, what’s the same and what we can expect, and highlight the ever growing ubiquity and importance of safety culture.

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This a special edition for us, celebrating our 20th anniversary. We reflect on changes in the working day and advances in risk and safety management over the past 20 years, and speculate on changes over the next 20 years. We outline what’s new in learning, what’s the same and what we can expect, and highlight the ever growing ubiquity and importance of safety culture.

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RISKworld Issue 39, Spring 2021

RISKworld Issue 39, Spring 2021

More than a year since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic we highlight good practice for managing psychosocial risks, and also investigate the energy transition to a carbon net zero future, report on our research into carbon dioxide containment risk assessment, highlight the skills of successful HAZOP leaders, and outline how RAM modelling can be used to optimise spares.

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More than a year since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic we highlight good practice for managing psychosocial risks, and also investigate the energy transition to a carbon net zero future, report on our research into carbon dioxide containment risk assessment, highlight the skills of successful HAZOP leaders, and outline how RAM modelling can be used to optimise spares.

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RISKworld Issue 38, Autumn 2020

RISKworld Issue 38, Autumn 2020

As coronavirus continues to impact the world we spotlight how to thrive with an antifragile mindset, and also outline a holistic approach to cyber security, guidance for designing effective fire and gas detection systems, human factors insights for creating effective procedures, and why workshops are more than the sum of their parts.

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As coronavirus continues to impact the world we spotlight how to thrive with an antifragile mindset, and also outline a holistic approach to cyber security, guidance for designing effective fire and gas detection systems, human factors insights for creating effective procedures, and why workshops are more than the sum of their parts.

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Risktec Essentials

Bringing together a collection of short articles on important risk and safety management topics. Feel free to download and pass on to other people in your organisation. We would also be pleased to hear any feedback or suggestions for future topics.

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Volume 1: Safety Leadership

The essential ingredients for successful safety leadership in high hazard sectors.

Volume 2: Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)

An introduction to the quantitative assessment of risks associated with high hazard facilities.

Volume 3: Risk-based Decision Making and ALARP

An introduction to making risk-based decisions and reducing risks As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP)

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