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Title: Development of a novel method for cross-disciplinary hazard identification
Author: Parchment, Ann
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 4281
Awarding Body: Cranfield University
Current Institution: Cranfield University
Date of Award: 2013
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Hazards and risks are currently identified in generic risk silos using top-down tools and methods which are incorporated into whole system risk management frameworks such as enterprise risk management. The current methods of identification and documentation are linear in approach and presentation. However, the world is multi-dimensional requiring a method of identification which responds to complex non-linear relationships. A method is required to identify cross- disciplinary hazards and formulate a register method to evidence the identified hazards. This study uses expert elicitation, web, survey and case studies to develop a method for cross-disciplinary hazard identification by application of the dimensions of generic, interface, causation and accumulation. The results of the study found many of the tools and methods used for hazard and risk identification such as hazard and operability studies took a top down approach commencing with a known failure and establishing cause and effect. The starting position of a known failure or event precludes identification of new types of failure or events and perpetuates a linear approach to hazard identification. Additionally the linear design of a risk register does not facilitate the presentation of multidimensional hazards. The current methods do not accommodate multiple lifecycles and components within cross discipline relationships. The method was applied to three case studies. The first case study had an existing risk register of 50 risks, post method application an additional 531 hazards were identified; case study (2) a register of 49 hazards and post method application additional hazards of 261; case study (3) an initial register of 45 hazards and an additional 384 hazards after method application. The impact of the method application highlights inconsistencies in the initial risk register and provides a tool which will aid the identification understanding and communication of hazards. Additionally it documents previously unidentified cross-disciplinary hazards and provides a proactive register method for identification and documentation by application of the dimensions of interface, causation and accumulation.
Supervisor: Oakey, John; Rocks, S.; Jude, S. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Cross-disciplinary hazards ; hazard identification ; interconnectivity ; multidimensional ; risk register