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Communicating the riskThe balance between benefits and risk is discussed from the standpoint of the decision or policy making process. The basic premise of the discussion is that applied technology may be divided into two parts: (1) benefit oriented technology which includes design, development, manufacturing or construction, and operations; and (2) risk or uncertainty technology which includes safety, reliability, quality assurance, test, and maintenance. Whereas the primary emphasis of the discussion is placed on the importance of a balance in the application of these technologies, arguments are presented which indicate that risk technologies lag far behind benefit technologies. In addition, existing conditions and pressures are described which lead to underestimating risk. The importance is stressed of developing a better sense of the advantages that knowledge of risk could provide via the decision making process. It is suggested that by experiment and analysis on the effects of increasing the contribution of risk technologies, a better understanding of their potentiality and limitations would result.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Raymond M. Wilmotte
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 26, 1971
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the NASA Government-Industry System Safety Conference
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Meeting Information
Government-Industry System Safety Conference(Greenbelt, MD)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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