Why Manage Risk?

It is important to manage risk since it provides so may important and positive impacts upon occupational safety and health in the workplace. Some of its contributions to risk management are as follows:

  • • Management is a process, not an idea.
  • • It helps control or decrease risk.
  • • It demonstrates the value placed on safety and health.
  • • It organizes a process by providing structure.
  • • It gives concrete specific directions and guidance to the process.
  • • It provides standards under which everyone functions.
  • • It is an inclusive process.
  • • It fosters involvement and participation.
  • • It is a motivational tool.


A failure to manage an important component only suggests that the intent is to manage to fail. Managing risk is too critical to safety and health in the workplace to not do it.

Further Readings

Bahr, N.J. System Safety Engineering and Risk Assessment: A Practical Approach. New York: Taylor & Francis, 1997.

Burns, T.E. Serious Incident Prevention (Second Edition). Boston, MA: Gulf Professional Publishing, 1946.

Daugherty, J.E. Industrial Safety Management: A Practical Approach. Rockville, MD: Government Institutes, 1999.

Goetsch, D.L. Occupational Safety and Health for Technologists, Engineers, and Managers (Fifth Edition).

Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005.

Kohn, J.P. and T.S. Ferry. Safety and Health Management Planning. Rockville, MD: Government Institutes, 1999.

Lack, R.W. Safety, Health, and Asset Protection: Management Essentials (Second Edition). Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers, 2002.

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