WIT Press


A Tool For Intelligent Budget Allocation Of Prevention Measures Related To Major Accidents

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SAFE130011

Volume

134

Pages

7

Page Range

3 - 9

Published

2014

Size

731 kb

Author(s)

T. Brijs & G. Reniers

Abstract

A tool (called CESMA) was developed to carry out cost-benefit analyses and cost-effectiveness analyses of prevention investments for avoiding major accidents. A wide variety of parameters necessary to calculate both the costs of the considered preventive measures and the benefits related with the avoidance of accidents were identified in the research. The benefits are determined by estimating the difference in (hypothetical) major accident costs without and with the implementation of a preventive measure. We included as many relevant costs and benefits as possible into the tool, based on literature and expert opinion, in order to be able to deliver an all-embracing cost-benefit analysis and costeffectiveness analysis to assist in the investment decision process. Because major accidents are related to extremely low frequencies, the tool takes the uncertainty of the unwanted occurrence of a major accident into account through the usage of a so-called ‘disproportion factor’. Keywords: cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, major accidents, disproportion factor, excel tool.

Keywords

cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, major accidents, disproportion factor, excel tool