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Management at risk : development of a structured framework for risk management assessment, using a systems approach to identify and resolve safety related organisational and management factors

Objective

The objective is to provide a comprehensive methodology for identification and representation of relevant organizational factors and management structures related to safety, which form part of the process of developing a risk management policy and to provide a user friendly assessment tool to evaluate approaches adopted by organizations in implementing a management of risk policy.

The work will be undertaken in 3 technical tasks plus a management task and will involve a review of the previous work on the subject to ensure there is no significant repetition of research activity. The requirements of governing bodies for the compliance with risk evaluation, and the needs of industries in the European Community to ensure adequate conformance with legislation will be identified. Evidence will be obtained from both theoretical studies and an assessment of man made disasters to support the identification of areas of potential improvement in the management of safety.

A comprehensive methodology will be provided for identification and representation of relevant organizational factors and management structures related to safety, which form part of the process of developing a risk management policy. The objective being to provide an easy to apply assessment tool to evaluate approaches adopted by organizations in implementing a management of risk policy. This tool will provide outputs suitable for use by companies, legislators and regulatory authorities.

To ensure that the project maintains a practical direction, input will be sought from European industries to identify clearly the value of available data, to bring in expert views to the project and to identify industrial applications on which the developed method can be applied and evaluated. The starting basis will be the use of a general systems analysis.

A prototype method will then be developed to identify the factors affecting the consistency and adequacy of risk management in European industry. This will provide a framework through which companies can begin to identify the shortcomings in their activities which could constitute an unacceptable risk. This will result in the following products; a model, method and procedure for supporting the management of risk. The procedure will also form the basis of a specification for translation of the technique into an automated computer based tool.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

AEA Technology plc
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Culcheth Laboratory Wighsaw Lane
WA3 4NE Warrington
United Kingdom

Participants (1)

Business Unit of TNO Built Environment and Geosciences
Netherlands
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Van Mourik Broekmanweg 6
2628 XE Delft