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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 37, Spring 2020

RISKworld Issue 37, Spring 2020

In these unprecedented times of global disruption we highlight good practice for remote workshops, and also investigate the safety assurance of artificial intelligence, counter the argument that failure of complex systems is inevitable, total up the cost of accidents, and lay out the issues associated with hydrogen and battery-powered trains.

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In these unprecedented times of global disruption we highlight good practice for remote workshops, and also investigate the safety assurance of artificial intelligence, counter the argument that failure of complex systems is inevitable, total up the cost of accidents, and lay out the issues associated with hydrogen and battery-powered trains.

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RISKworld Issue 36, Autumn 2019

RISKworld Issue 36, Autumn 2019

In this issue we investigate the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashes, the hazards associated with a hydrogen economy, security risks through the lens of bowtie analysis, the impact of digitalisation on risk management, and conducting risk assessment for environmental major accidents on a par with safety.

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In this issue we investigate the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashes, the hazards associated with a hydrogen economy, security risks through the lens of bowtie analysis, the impact of digitalisation on risk management, and conducting risk assessment for environmental major accidents on a par with safety.

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RISKworld Issue 35, Spring 2019

RISKworld Issue 35, Spring 2019

This edition highlights risk-based integrity management of pressure systems and how advances in condition monitoring technologies are aiding reliability-centred maintenance. Other articles look at virtual reality, safety-critical task analysis and a proportionate approach to safety management for climate action.

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This edition highlights risk-based integrity management of pressure systems and how advances in condition monitoring technologies are aiding reliability-centred maintenance. Other articles look at virtual reality, safety-critical task analysis and a proportionate approach to safety management for climate action.

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RISKworld Issue 34, Autumn 2018

RISKworld Issue 34, Autumn 2018

In this issue we look at functional safety and cyber-security. Other articles cover higher risk residential buildings, carbon capture and storage, and risk management for innovative technologies.

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In this issue we look at functional safety and cyber-security. Other articles cover higher risk residential buildings, carbon capture and storage, and risk management for innovative technologies.

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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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