Risk Engineering

Risk Engineering
Course structure


Deterministic hazard analysis

Covers the deterministic approach to hazard identification and consequence assessment. This consists of identifying hazards that could lead to dangerous situations, analyzing a small number of accident scenarios that could lead to maximal damage, and designing preventive or protective barriers that prevent unacceptable levels of damage from an accident. Important notions are the plausible worst case scenario and the maximum forseeable loss.

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Probabilistic risk analysis

The probabilistic approach to safety, in which the severity and likelihood of adverse events are estimated in a quantitative manner. This approach involves the consideration of the set of all possible accident scenarios to estimate a level of risk.

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Risk management and decision-making

Once hazards have been identified, their possible consequences assessed and the level of risk has been quantified, the decision-making phase of risk management begins. This involves strategic choices on the organization’s risk appetite, risk perception, risk aversion, benefit-cost analysis and decision-making under uncertainty.

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