Providing an interdisciplinary focus for the study of disasters and the lessons learned from them
The Hazards Forum was established in 1989 by the four major engineering institutions, the Institutions of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineers to provide an interdisciplinary focus for the study of disasters and the promulgation of lessons learned from them.
Since then the Forum has broadened its remit to inform the public understanding of risk, while continuing to develop its work on the assessment of hazardous events, dissemination of lessons learned and the promotion of risk reduction strategies.
The Forum believes that decision making and deliberation about the assessment and management of risk should not be confined to risk professionals. Wider stakeholder views and perceptions, including those of the public should, where appropriate, be taken into account. The Forum believes that it has a key role to play in encouraging open, timely and active debate and in ensuring that robust, relevant, independent and accessible information is widely available.
Hazards have always been a fact of life. However, recent events and their coverage in the media have focused attention of the public on possible risks they face as a result of technological advance and climate change. In this complex world people need to understand the nature of the hazards they face and the magnitude of any associated risk so that they can decide how to respond to them. The Hazards Forum believes, amongst other things, that such issues should be freely debated and seeks to provide this opportunity and to draw unbiased conclusions.
More information on the Hazards Forum, including events and publications can be found at their website.