A chocolate package can make you lose a fortune!

Crises are generally defined as decisive moments, particularly in times of danger or difficulty. Times of danger or difficulty can arise because of various hazards, i.e. of natural, man-made (voluntary or involuntary) and public opinion/media type, hitting the organization or the system under consideration. However sometimes even a chocolate package can make you lose a fortune! Any hazard type can generate harm, losses, i.e. consequences, which can be limited to physical losses, or evolve into image related damages. These last ones…

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New flu: Tora! Tora! Tora! may not be the best way.

New flu and Smoky souvenirs The man in front of me was very elegant, had impeccable manners, if only he had been smoking less. His corner office in the Tokyo HQ of his corporation, was indeed slowly delivering to its occupants, including me, an unbreathable cocktail of fine dusts and nicotine-tar loaded particles that probably still stains my lungs today. We had been discussing how my company (Riskope) could deliver to his organization emergency planning, crisis management in that difficult time,…

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Short Courses

On April 14th 2010 Franco is invited to give a half-day long short course at a mining conference in Santiago de Chile. More information here (in Spanish) Similar short courses (customized to your company’s needs) can be organized world-wide, or you can opt for a remote-education solution, as explained here (in English). In February 2010 there will be a 3×2.5hrs webcast by Cesar and Franco, organized by Edumine, from Vancouver. Let us know if you are interested. Examples of courses…

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One world, 16 common human traits

As a Risk & Crisis Manager working all over the world supporting corporations, governmental agencies and individuals in their decision making and alternatives selection process we have learned that we, human beings, share very strong and significant common traits, 16 common human traits, despite the apparent huge differences contributing to make our world such a colorful and wonderful place. We are neither psychologists nor sociologists, so we will leave the discussion related to the origins of these common traits to those specialists.…

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Quelques détails sur l’ “identification des dangers”

Identifier les dangers pour évaluer les risques Une évaluation des risques (ER) efficace nécessite initialement l’identification des dangers ou des modes de défaillance potentiels. Ainsi le développement d’une phase d’identification des dangers (ID) de haute qualité est fondamentale pour la qualité de toute l’approche de gestion des risques (GR). Donc, une ER complète doit se baser sur une ID minutieuse prenant en compte tous les types de dangers et les composants affectés existant sur un site ou un lieu particulier.…

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Les meilleurs plans et systèmes sont mis en échec s’ils ne couvrent pas les scenarii de danger et de risque qui s’abattront sur un site.

Utilisons les glissements de terrain comme un exemple, mais il y en a tant d’autres... De nombreux glissements lents actifs (en mouvement quasi continu allant de quelques millimètres par an à quelques décimètres par an) sont connus et repertoriés dans l’arc alpin. Ces phénomènes ont des impacts potentiels parfois très élevés tant au niveau de communautés qu’à celui de certaines industries (transports, énergie, tourisme) et font l’objet de programmes de recherché poussés. Un de ces glissement était déjà sous monitoring…

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Easy way to defining probability of a fire in a residential area of Vancouver

Easy way to defining probability Countless times we have heard “…but we have no statistics!” or “statistics cannot be gathered for this specific topic!”, with the usual conclusion that a proper risk assessment cannot be performed because of the “lack of statistics”. We think this is a good excuse to avoid looking at reality with a better eye, and, unfortunately the result of Statistics and Probabilities being taught usually at the same times in schools. Probabilities and Statistics Probabilities and…

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