Section 3: Situations of Uncertainty - What Now? -- Page
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Is the crossing safe enough?
To cross, or not to cross -- that is the question!
We've talked about analyzing the level of risk of crossing in Situations of Uncertainty -- of course it can vary from extremely low risk to extremely high risk.
So it seems simple -- once you've assessed the risk of crossing, you can decide whether it is safe enough to cross.
But [gulp] how in the world can we decide if something is safe enough to cross?
According to Webster's dictionary, "safe" means "free from risk."
Using that definition, nothing is safe, so how can we decide that it is safe enough to cross?
Well, thankfully there is a very functional definition used by industry to define when a product is "safe" for the market or a manufacturing process is "safe" for the workers.
With this definition, it is easy to make a very clear distinction between what is "safe" and what is not.
That definition is:
What do you think would be a functional definition that clearly delineates which crossing situations are "safe" and which are not?
"A thing is safe if its risks are determined to be ?