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ISO Withdraws Machinery Risk Assessment Standards

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This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

ISO has with­drawn three long-stand­ing basic machinery safety stand­ards used inter­na­tion­ally and in the EU and replaced them with a single com­bined doc­u­ment. If you design, build or integ­rate machinery for sale inter­na­tion­ally or with­in the EU, this new stand­ard needs to be on your BUY list!

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How Risk Assessment Fails

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Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear plant before the meltdown
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

The events unfold­ing at Japan’s Fukushi­ma Dai Ichi Nuc­le­ar Power plant are a case study in ways that the risk assess­ment pro­cess can fail or be abused. In an art­icle pub­lished on Bloomberg.com, Jason Clen­field item­izes dec­ades of fraud and fail­ures in engin­eer­ing and admin­is­tra­tion that have led to the cata­stroph­ic fail­ure of four of six […]

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The purpose of risk assessment

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This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

I’m often asked what seems like a pretty simple ques­tion: “Why do we need to do a risk assess­ment?” There are a lot of good reas­ons to do risk assess­ments, but ulti­mately, the pur­pose of risk assess­ment is best summed up in this quo­ta­tion: “Risk assess­ments, except in the simplest of cir­cum­stances, are not designed for mak­ing judge­ments, […]