FMEA – What If?

FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) is one of those things most people do without actually realising it, albeit often in an informal and unstructured manner.  What could possibly go wrong? Continue reading


Risky Steaks

Following on from my previous post on what I see as problems with many risk assessment…

Most businesses I audit use a two-factor risk assessment process, multiplying a severity rating of a consequence by the probability it will happen to reach a value of risk. Whilst many schemes assign numbers to the two factors it’s still a qualitative (or subjective) process – the numbers are no more than a ranking.

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Risky Sins

Apologies for encroaching into what might be seen as the HSE (health, safety and environment) discipline but I want to list some of the areas I frequently see needing consideration in task risk assessment procedures.  This is certainly not a primer on risk assessment and I’m only focusing on the commonly used qualitative two factor (Severity x Probability = Risk) approach.  These are personal views and I don’t claim they’re universally applicable; I expect everyone will be able to offer exceptions and these points are only suggestions for consideration: Continue reading