Decoding Risk Management: The Crucial Means-End Aspect of Countermeasures and Hazards

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between countermeasures and hazards in contemporary risk management frameworks. The fundamental premise posits hazards as undesirable ends, with countermeasures serving as the means to prevent or mitigate adverse situations. Focusing on foundational principles within socio-technical systems, the paper explores the aggregation and decomposition of countermeasure-hazard relations in a means-end manner. Action theories, grounded in this dimension, offer significant potential for informed decision-making in design, operation, and maintenance tasks. Through a case study on the function-centered hazard identification approach (F-CHIA), the paper illustrates practical applications in robotics safety, deriving risk mitigation strategies within design specifications. Ultimately, it underscores the critical role of the means-end dimension in effective risk mitigation strategies, contributing to advancements in risk
management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Workshop on Functional Modeling and Safety Related Issues of Socio-Technical Systems
Publication date2024
Pages13-16
Publication statusPublished - 2024
EventInternational Workshop on Functional Modeling and Safety Related Issues of Socio-Technical Systems 2024 - Okayama Prefectural University, Okayama , Japan
Duration: 29 Mar 202429 Mar 2024

Workshop

WorkshopInternational Workshop on Functional Modeling and Safety Related Issues of Socio-Technical Systems 2024
LocationOkayama Prefectural University
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityOkayama
Period29/03/202429/03/2024

Keywords

  • Functional model
  • Risk management
  • Countermeasures-hazards
  • Means-ends
  • Socio-technical system

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