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Determining the acceptability of risk

A health and safety briefing provided by the IET.

The Health and Safety Executive has developed an approach for helping to determine the acceptability of risk. This “Tolerability of Risk” framework is illustrated as Fig 1, in this briefing. The triangle represents increasing levels of ‘risk’ for a particular hazardous activity (measured by the individual risks and societal concerns it engenders) as we move from the bottom of the triangle towards the top.