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Risk Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Applications [Marvin Rausand, 2011] (hardcover)
Marvin Rausand
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644 pgs, 2011, John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 978-0470637647

With its balanced coverage of theory and applications along with standards and regulations, Risk Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Applications serves as a comprehensive introduction to the topic. The book serves as a practical guide to current risk analysis and risk assessment, emphasizing the possibility of sudden, major accidents across various areas of practice from machinery and manufacturing processes to nuclear power plants and transportation systems.

The author applies a uniform framework to the discussion of each method, setting forth clear objectives and descriptions, while also shedding light on applications, essential resources, and advantages and disadvantages. Following an introduction that provides an overview of risk assessment, the book is organized into two sections that outline key theory, methods, and applications.

  • Introduction to Risk Assessment defines key concepts and details the steps of a thorough risk assessment along with the necessary quantitative risk measures. Chapters outline the overall risk assessment process, and a discussion of accident models and accident causation offers readers new insights into how and why accidents occur to help them make better assessments.

  • Risk Assessment Methods and Applications carefully describes the most relevant methods for risk assessment, including preliminary hazard analysis, HAZOP, fault tree analysis, and event tree analysis. Here, each method is accompanied by a self-contained description as well as workflow diagrams and worksheets that illustrate the use of discussed techniques. Important problem areas in risk assessment, such as barriers and barrier analysis, human errors, and human reliability, are discussed along with uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.

Each chapter concludes with a listing of resources for further study of the topic, and detailed appendices outline main results from probability and statistics, related formulas, and a listing of key terms used in risk assessment. A related website features problems that allow readers to test their comprehension of the presented material and supplemental slides to facilitate the learning process.

Risk Assessment is an excellent book for courses on risk analysis and risk assessment at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as a valuable reference for engineers, researchers, consultants, and practitioners who use risk assessment techniques in their everyday work.

   1. Introduction
   2. The Words of Risk Analysis
   3. Hazards and Threats
   4. How to Measure and Evaluate Risk
   5. Risk Management
   6. Accident Models
   7. Data for Risk Analysis
   8. Risk Assessment Process
   9. Hazard Identification
 10. Casual and Frequency Analysis
 11. Development of Accident Scenarios
 12. Barriers and Barrier Analysis
 13. Human Reliability Analysis
 14. Job Safety Analysis
 15. Common-Cause Failures
 16. Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis
 17. Development and Applications of Risk 

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