Maintaining safety requires acknowledgingrisk. However, one’s definition of risk can depend on whether the word is being used in everyday conversation or by safety practitioners or by domain experts. Not having a commonly agreed-upon definition poses problems for those charged with identifying, reducing, and communicating about risk. In an effort to standardize the definition, the International Organization for Standardization defined risk simply as the effect of uncertainty on objectives. Still, this general definition lacks enough specificity to describe uncertainty’s positive or negative effects. Relevant information can reduce uncertainty’s potential effects if it’s not ambiguous, unreliable, incomplete, or unavailable.
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& Wishy, M.
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