Monthly Archives: November 2010

Assessment of a Risky Proposition

The livestock newswires are heating up about the recent release of a site-specific risk assessment and review of that assessment for the National Biosecurity and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) to be built in Manhattan, KS. This facility is intended to house … Continue reading

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Value of Contingency Planning

On 9/11/2001 how many airlines switched to contingency plan “grounded”?  Airlines deal with contingencies every day.  Weather and other factors lead to delays or cancellations of flights on an unpredictable but expected basis.  Usually these factors impact flights over a … Continue reading

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Normal Accidents Theory

Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Yale University, wrote “Normal Accidents: Living with High Risk Technologies.” He defines normal accidents as “the interaction of multiple failures that are not in a direct operational sequence” (p. 23).  A good example … Continue reading

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