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HSE: Taking account of societal concerns about risk
Printervenlig udgave
Anbefalinger til at medtænke den sociale opfattelse af risici i forbedringen af arbejdsmiljø (UK, 2002)


Risk is subjective. It is a word that refers to a future that exists only in the imagination. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as Britain’s pre-eminent risk manager, has the challenging task of taking into account societal concerns about risk. The task is challenging, and often thankless, because society and its concerns are heterogeneous - “society” consists of diverse groups of stakeholders or social solidarities, and their concerns are commonly in conflict with each other. In this report we

  • characterise risk management as a balancing act involving uncertain rewards and costs,
  • describe the different groups with which the HSE must contend in performing its balancing act,
  • note the significance of the different types of risk about which they are concerned, and
  • conclude that attempts to manage risk that a) ignore the rewards of risk taking, and/or b) exclude significant stakeholders, and/or c) fail to appreciate the type of risk it is sought to manage, are unlikely to succeed.

We have, we hope, brought a modicum of order to a large amount of chaos.

Rapporten er skrevet i samarbejde mellem professor John Adams, professor Michael og The Health andamp; Safety Executive.

Taking account of societal concerns about risk