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UNEP Tailings Dams report and residual risk assessment

UNEP Tailings Dams report and residual risk assessment discusses the joint UNEP-GRID Arendal assessment entitled “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident” from a risk assessment point of view. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the report in October 2017 in Geneva. The report urges States and the industry to “end deadly and damaging mining waste spills by enforcing a zero-failure objective”. We believe that this objective requires some additional definitions and details. That is to make it truly…

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Hundred years of lessons learned in tailings dams failures

We use  the dBase published by CSP for Hundred years of lessons learned in tailings dams failures. We process Data using Luna, a BI platform by Hicare  that Riskope routinely links to ORE for pre- and post-processing of risk results. Hundred years of lessons learned in tailings dams failures The infographic below shows the full database of 289 tailings accidents, of any volume, any type of dam, failure mode, release volume, etc. We grouped the results by decade (horizontal axis)…

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Why when approaching Strategic, Tactical & Operational planning one needs to know about Ostriches, Denial, and Prayers.

Strategic, Tactical & Operational planning While the world was feeling the aftershocks of the Great Recession, we wrote about 16 common Human traits when dealing with hazards and risks. Some of those 16 traits lead individuals and often their organizations to assume stances called Ostrich, Denial or Prayer, resulting in flawed Strategic, Tactical & Operational planning options and occasionally exposing them (and their neighbors, their environment, society at large) to significant hazards which could generate large unintended consequences, i.e. large risks leading to…

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A risk perspective on the concerns raised by the liability of hauling dangerous goods

A risk perspective on the concerns raised by the liability of hauling dangerous goods Riskope thanks Federico Sasso for participating to this research during his summer 2014 internship. The recent Trichloroisocyanuric acid fire event in Port Metro Vancouver raised again concerns related to hauling dangerous goods, immediately reinforced by a new series of crude derailments in Canada, US. It is a topic that we are familiar with since Riskope have performed many risk assessment, and calibrated emergency response plans for…

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The paper titled “Pyramids, Toxic Wastes & Nuclear Reactors Containments. A Lesson Drawn from History with a Risk Manager Perspective.” got accepted!

A new paper by Riskope: Pyramids, Toxic Wastes & Nuclear Reactors Containments. A Lesson Drawn from History with a Risk Manager Perspective. Pyramids, Toxic Wastes & Nuclear Reactors Containments. A Lesson Drawn from History with a Risk Manager Perspective Riskope wrote a paper for the IAEG XII Congress – Torino, September 15-19, 2014. The paper abstract is the following: Risk Assessments for “perpetuity” (geo-engineering) projects, i.e projects that should last “forever” and/or receive “perpetual care”, are raising in number and criticality. These project  oftentimes…

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Car accidents, cold, more examples of biased and misleading FMEA/PIGs results

Reviewing Car accidents, cold, more examples of biased and misleading FMEA/PIGs results adds to prior information published in this blogpost. In particular we show how results of a Risk assessment matrix 5×5 or 4×4 can actually cloud our judgement. Car accidents, cold, more examples of biased and misleading FMEA/PIGs results Dear X, Thank you for asking us to review your draft Risk Assessment for the ACME Inc. operation. I reviewed your FMEA/PIG risk matrix 4×4 and have the following remarks. Note if…

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Social Acceptability criteria, winning-back public trust require drastic overhaul of risk assessments common practice

Social Acceptability criteria, winning-back public trust require drastic overhaul of risk assessments common practice Riskope was present at the MineWaste2013 Conference in Banff (Nov. 3-6, 2013). Riskope presented a paper (Factual and Foreseeable Reliability of Tailings Dams and Nuclear Reactors -a Societal Acceptability Perspective). The paper compares “historic” rate of failure (major accidents only) of tailings dams and nuclear reactors world-wide to well known, previously published technical and societal acceptability criteria. We quantitatively compared the risks (focusing on casualties consequences…

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Tailings Systems and Dams: ORE (Optimum Risk Estimates) help making better decisions and to avoid misleading the public

Tailings Systems and Dams: ORE (Optimum Risk Estimates) help making better decisions and to avoid misleading the public. At Riskope (www.riskope.com) we are very proud of releasing our presentation at the Mining 2012, Keystone (CO) Conference. Tailings Systems and Dams: ORE (Optimum Risk Estimates) help making better decisions You can see and download the presentation for free here Riskope’s presentation at Mining 2012, Keystone (CO) Conference.

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