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#1 Posted : 08 May 2017 08:32:42(UTC)
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Just started reading for the unit A exam and I can't undertsand how an organisation risk profile is a societal factor? Isn't risk profile a calculated thing? 

#2 Posted : 08 May 2017 09:37:44(UTC)
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Society has influence over risk factors, if we think from a moral perspective and elements high on the 'public agenda';

  • Recent high profile mestothelioma cases within the education sector (teachers)
  • Work related stress within sectors that are suffering from a lack of investment and resource (NHS)
  • Skin cancer rates among those working outdoors (civils, highways, constrcution et al)
  • Public services (resource again) police, fire service, ambulance service (subject to violence)
  • Historically miners and lung disease

#3 Posted : 08 May 2017 11:03:36(UTC)
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All bad, but consider how society views hurting (which is considered worse!)

An employee v a member of the public

A man v woman

A child v adult

A vulnerable person v non-vulnerable person

Think about how employees are hurt all the time, but often never make the news. How does that compare to a member of the public hurt by a company’s undertakings and so forth.


#4 Posted : 08 May 2017 13:27:37(UTC)
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There is also the factor of the perception of risk by society, and safety professionals. Many years ago, a survey was carried out with safety people and non-safety members of the public. Both groups were asked which they considered the most dangerous industries and to rank them. The results were almost the opposite of each other. Non-safety people rated the nuclear industry as near the top risk, whereas safety people rated it near the bottom due to the controls in place, and so on.

Perception of risk is influenced by several factors - knowledge, experience, media coverage etc. How risk is perceived by society can be very different from how it is perceived in the health and safety community.

Edited by user 08 May 2017 13:28:56(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

#5 Posted : 08 May 2017 14:58:29(UTC)
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Refer to HSE's Reducing Risks, Protecting People   that has several examples and description  and its ALARP suite of expert guidance

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