A Risk Sciences International glossary definition (Last modifed: December 15, 2023)

precise level

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The notion of a “precise level” in the context of understanding, managing, and communicating risk can be described as a highly granular approach that focuses on specific elements or variables within a larger risk framework. The aim is to dissect risk into its most elemental constituents for the purpose of thorough analysis and mitigation. Unlike broader levels where risk is looked at in aggregate or through categories, the “precise level” zeroes in on individual components.

For example, in a chemical plant, while a general risk assessment might consider the overall safety of various departments like production, storage, and logistics, a “precise level” assessment would scrutinize the risks associated with a particular chemical substance, considering variables such as its reactivity, volatility, and potential for harm. Likewise, in aviation, rather than merely evaluating an aircraft model’s safety records, a “precise level” approach would dissect each critical component of that aircraft—say, a specific type of engine or landing gear—to ascertain its individual risk profile.

The advantage of operating at this level is that it allows for a more nuanced and tailored risk management strategy. It facilitates targeted interventions, making it possible to address specific vulnerabilities without necessarily having to overhaul broader systems. However, it’s crucial that this level of analysis feeds into higher-level risk management strategies to create a comprehensive safety net.

The “precise level” is, therefore, the focal point for in-depth risk analysis. It targets the most specific elements within systems, operations, or frameworks to provide a detailed understanding of vulnerabilities, thus enabling targeted risk mitigation measures.

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