Engineering Decisions for Life Quality

How Safe is Safe Enough?

  • J. S. Nathwani
  • N. C. Lind
  • M. D. Pandey

Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)

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About this book


Engineering Decisions for Life Quality: How Safe is Safe Enough? provides a foundation and a theoretical basis for managing risk to an acceptable level under the real-world constraint of limited resources. The focus is not on risks as such, but on what can be done to maximize the positive outcomes of risk in terms of improvements to the quality of life.

The principal focus of Engineering Decisions for Life Quality: How Safe is Safe Enough? is on the development of guidance for establishing rational standards of practice. Standards should meet the requirement of utilizing resources to achieve the maximum net overall benefit to society within society’s capacity to commit such resources. The book introduces an innovative and unique approach, balancing life safety with economy, that challenges evolving techniques and methods for managing risk, and that aims to maximize life expectancy while retaining good health.

The ideas discussed within this book will be of interest to engineers; advanced undergraduate and graduate students; public health officials; and risk specialists. For decision-makers there is also an emphasis on basic principles and requirements to serve the broader public interest, making this book a powerful tool to help define a reasonable trade-off between safety and economy.

Springer Series in Reliability Engineering publishes high-quality books in important areas of current theoretical research and development in reliability, and in areas that bridge the gap between theory and application in areas of interest to practitioners in industry, laboratories, business, and government.


Decision-making Life Quality Index (LQI) Managing Risk Public Health RM Societal Capacity to Commit Resources (SCCR) safety

Authors and affiliations

  • J. S. Nathwani
    • 1
  • N. C. Lind
    • 1
  • M. D. Pandey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer London 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84882-601-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84882-602-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-7839
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