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The need for highly qualified risk management engineers

Turns risk into opportunity with focus on safety, health and environment!
Turns risk into opportunity - with focus on safety, health and environment!

Risk analysis and risk management are growing in importance. The reasons for this are the rapid changes in society and social life, economic forces, technological development, and new types of production systems and organisational structures. Information technology ties units together in large complex and interdependent systems with short time constants, allowing little or no time for the correction of mistakes or for counteracting effects due to unforeseen circumstances. Boundaries between authorities are often vague. This is often also the case in company subsystems, and all the way up to the global scale. The concentration of people, dangerous chemicals, energy, information and other values is increasing, which may considerably increase the effects of accidents. There are strong forces driving humanity and nature, as well as organisations and individuals, toward a world of “produced uncertainty and organised irresponsibility”. Counter-forces have to be found and used as soon as possible.  

It will rarely be possible to eliminate risks entirely. All life involves some risk, and any innovation brings risk as well as reward – so the priority must be to manage risks better. We need to do more to anticipate risks, so that there are fewer unnecessary and costly crises, like BSE or failed IT contracts, and to ensure that risk management is an integral part of all delivery plans. But we also need to be sure that innovations are not blocked by red tape and risk aversion, and that there is a proper balance between the responsibilities of government and the responsibilities of the individual. Risk managers will always have to make decisions under uncertainty with limited resources at hand.