title: Risks and Benefits
diagram: What Risks are Acceptable; Click for description.


No activity can ever be completely free of risk, but you also have to weigh up the benefits. Taking precautions to make the risks "as low as reasonably practical" (ALARP) is just common sense.

Rock climbing without a rope would be an unacceptable risk to most people. However, using the proper safety exquipment, reduces the risk and gives tremendous benefits.

Risks are balanced with the benefits. Many cancer treatments have really nasty side effects but they are worth it to cure the disease.

You do this every day. Would you cross the road without looking? Looking for traffic makes the risk acceptable.





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What is the risk of an Asteroid destroying the earth? Click to find out.

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