Risk perception/consciousness refers to the cognition and comprehension of the possible hazards related to a particular task and the subsequent outcomes/results in the relevant surrounding environment (such as equipment/system/machinery utilisation, implementation of layers of safety defences/ the usage of computerised automation).
Human Factors Benefits
- Individuals who are able to understand the importance of task safety and the hazardous outcomes of executing risky behaviours on themselves and people around them would be able to:
1) Express extra caution towards preventing deviation from the official standard operating procedures (SOPs) and widely-accepted safe operational habits and performances.
2) Indicate additional caution towards adapting precaution over their actions.
Enhancing Risk Perception
1) Promote safe operational executions (such as the initiatives to always oblige procedures that have been encouraged for their high level of safety/ low safety risks).
2) Encourage employees to highlight issues or areas that reveal safety loopholes to the management.
EUROCONTROL. (2009). Risk Perception. Retrieved 10 September 2010, from http://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Risk_Perception.