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Safety Program to Loss Prevention Control

Some parts of industry may have been slow to recognise the above. They have often concentrated on taking decisions based on the results of risk assessments and failed to be sensitive to ethical, social and cultural considerations or played down the assumptions and uncertainties in the risk assessment thereby giving the impression that their results are based on sound science. Doubts have been expressed by some as to whether an approach based on risk assessment may be appropriate for the regulation of risks. This was witnessed by the controversy surrounding the proposals for the disposal of the Brent Spar oil platform in the UK, the collapse of the market for bottled Perrier water following their admission that their product had accidentally been contaminated by traces of benzene, the controversy surrounding Bovine Spongiform Encepalopathy (BSE). This paper describes the criteria known as the Tolerability of Risk (TOR) which HSE has developed to inform decisions about the degree to which risks should be regulated and/or controlled. It avoids the above pitfalls by taking into account the scientific knowledge about the risks concerned, the technology available for controlling them as well as public attitudes towards the risks and the benefits they engender. The criteria has gained considerable acceptance within industry.