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Contents: Managing risk in an uncertain world; Leading the risk game; Costs of losing the risk game; Universal probabilities; Risk management; System safety: designing out risk; Organizational risk; Personal risk management; The safety program; Change: the way ahead; How safe is safe enough? The answer; Bibliography; Index.

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Col Greg Alston is Deputy Chief of Safety for the US Air Force at the Pentagon, Washington DC. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses since 1988. As fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, he has flown many types from AT-38s to F-117A Stealth Fighter in the US, Europe and Asia. His safety experience began in 1991 as the Chief of Flight Safety Programs in the Pentagon, in Washington D.C. Col Alston was re-assigned in 1999 to become the Director of Safety for the Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Virginia, overseeing safety activities for approximately 170,000 people and 1700 aircraft, and leading the safety program to all-time lows in mishap rates for two years straight, records that still stand today. His ERAU courses include Aircraft Accident Investigation, System Safety, Aircraft Structural Safety, Safety Program Management, Advanced Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Air Carrier Operations, Organizational Behavior, and Strategic Management. He is on the advisory board for Embry-Riddle's Center for Aerospace Safety Education.


"It is all extremely competent, well-written and meticulously researched...there is some great material here. For senior managers, there are some handy reminders about leading by example, facing up to problems (instead of walking past them) and implementing organisation-wide programmes and procedures. The point that you're a leader whether you are the CEO or the team supervisor is well made. There are excellent aide memoires - for instance, the "morning personal risk assessment" checklist on p 38 and the nine-point "winning the risk game" guide on p 106. There are also good summaries of the risk management programmes of major players such as Lockheed Martin, Schlumberger Technology and General Electric."

Paul Smith MA CFIOSH, former Health and Safety Executive inspector, IOSH Magazine

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