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Highway design - How best to manage risk

Project safety risk management systems are becoming commonplace when new highways are being designed, says Atkins’ Peter Whitfield

The main components of a project safety risk management system
The main components of a project safety risk management system
Individual risk as a proportion of total scheme risk
Individual risk as a proportion of total scheme risk
Atkins has already used project safety risk management systems on its variable mandatry speed limit project on the M4 in South Wales
Atkins has already used project safety risk management systems on its variable mandatry speed limit project on the M4 in South Wales

 

In the UK it is now becoming practice to adopt a project safety risk management system in defined highway situations where the relationships between design and future operation require robust management. Clients are increasingly supportive of the need to embed safety culture in all aspects of their projects and understand that the traditional incremental approach (such as design followed by audit) may not be sufficiently robust. In particular it is recognised that many schemes do not have the...

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