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Comparing manual and computer assisted risk assessment


Brooks, BP, Comparing manual and computer assisted risk assessment, Occupational Health and Safety, Journal Of, 23, (4) pp. 357-372. ISSN 0815-6409 (2007) [Refereed Article]


Risk assessment calculators are simple tools used to derive estimates of risk. However, any number of risks exist in an organisation at any one time. A significant challenge is to not only determine a risk's magnitude, but also how to control it and what priority should be given to it compared with other risks. This article presents both a manual and a computer-assisted method to meet this challenge. The data used to compare the methods were derived from a group risk assessment in a small- to medium-sized enterprise which manufactures wood products. The computer-assisted method used text mining (that is, a combination of linguistic and statistical processes) to retrieve appropriate data from a workers compensation claims database. Results suggest that the participants in this study made accurate assessments of risks and the process was effective in developing action plans. Computer-assisted risk assessments can improve risk estimates and have the potential to improve people's understanding of the causal injury process.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Wood, wood products and paper
Objective Field:Wood, wood products and paper not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brooks, BP (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:63625
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2010-05-18
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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