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Review of the week

This week you have …

  • explored techniques for traditional risk assessment

  • identified the importance of dynamic risk assessments

  • investigated the complexities of risk evaluation

  • analysed the options for the treatment of risk

This week we looked at the process of risk assessment and risk treatment as it could be applied to emergency incident response. In particular we examined the process of risk identification and especially the difficulty in applying standard techniques in time critical situations.

We looked at the process of risk analysis, the need for appropriate consequence/likelihood calculation; either a rapid dynamic assessment or a written more considered examination.

We looked at the process for evaluating risk using our understanding of the risk context, this is the point where we make a decision about the level of risk and what we intend to do about it. We saw that this evaluation is crucial as it determines the overall success of the operation as well as being subject to a wide range of scrutiny both during and after the emergency operation.

Finally, we took a non-technical view of the broad based options for treating the risk and how an incident command system in it’s totality can help us. We took the broadest view possible of the ICS including systems, structures, equipment and procedures; but also non-technical skills such as situation-awareness, decision-making, leadership, teamwork, communications, training and education. The non-technical elements lead us nicely into the remaining sections of our module.

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Managing Risk in an Emergency Context

Coventry University

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