The article below about risk tells us this apparently amazing news; that “as low as” is profoundly different from “as far as”. Wow, we’d all better get used to SFAIRP rather than ALARP. Must sign up straight away for legal seminars.
How is it different? My kettle turns itself off when it’s boiled. Is that feature reducing the risk of a fire “as low as” or “as far as”? It’s the same thing.
Why do we pretend that irrelevant things like these two ways of saying the same thing are actually important? Is it a way to avoid the actual work that needs to be done?
Quote: “The Guideline adopts a precautionary approach to demonstrating safety due diligence, meaning that safety risk should be eliminated or reduced so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP) rather than reducing risk to as low as is reasonably practicable (ALARP) as encouraged by numerous Australian and international standards and regularly used by many Australian engineers. The Guideline emphasises that attempting to equate SFAIRP and ALARP is naively courageous and will not survive post-event judicial scrutiny.”