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Thursday, September 17, 2009

RISK Management: HSE

Principles of sensible risk management

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With the help of research and the views of many organisations and individuals, we devised some simple principles of sensible risk management.

  1. Sensible risk management is about:
    • Ensuring that workers and the public are properly protected
    • Providing overall benefit to society by balancing benefits and risks, with a focus on reducing real risks – both those which arise more often and those with serious consequences
    • Enabling innovation and learning not stifling them
    • Ensuring that those who create risks manage them responsibly and understand that failure to manage real risks responsibly is likely to lead to robust action
    • Enabling individuals to understand that as well as the right to protection, they also have to exercise responsibility
  2. Sensible risk management is not about:
    • Creating a totally risk free society
    • Generating useless paperwork mountains
    • Scaring people by exaggerating or publicising trivial risks
    • Stopping important recreational and learning activities for individuals where the risks are managed
    • Reducing protection of people from risks that cause real harm and suffering

The principles were launched by Bill Callaghan, Chair of the Health and Safety Commission in August 2006


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