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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Safety Risk Management: Preventing Injuries, Illnesses, and Environmental Damage by Fred E Fanning is a non-fiction guide that at first glance appears to be an occupational risk supplement, but after a thorough read is clearly something that can be applied to just about anything one does privately or professionally. The book is broken down into two distinct and interconnected parts. Between these two parts, Fanning starts with the fundamentals of risk management and then proceeds on to adaptation. Over the course of nine chapters, the book covers topics such as the various forms and aspects of risk management, a five-step process to move further away from higher risk potential and the tools required, and the implementation and adapting of risk management, among many other things,
While I am certainly aware of and have worked in fields that deal with risk management and loss prevention, primarily in private finance and insurance, Fred E Fanning reveals an entirely new dimension in Safety Risk Management. The writing is clean, tight, and written with the authority of a person with extensive experience only authors like Fanning can bring to the card game. The most fascinating to me is the adaptation of risk for military operations in comparison to responsive scenarios within any organization's emergency planning. In the lead-up to this, Fanning describes the categorization of risk probability and severity—two sides of the same coin—and how the US Army starts from the highest probability and severity and moves downward. I'm embarrassed to say that I've always been a “let's get these small tasks out of the way before we tackle the big ones” kind of person. It's interesting how even a layperson can visualize what structure will work better in everyday decision-making and, perhaps most importantly, with emergency planning. As a resource for individuals in roles of authority, this is an easy book to recommend and just as easy to recommend to casual readers.