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On the Lighter Side

This page provides a mixture of quotes, stories, anecdotes, lists, definitions of terms, and questions and answers, some humorous, that help to make points relevant to risk and safety.

New items are added regularly so check back periodically.


Category: Quotes

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
– Winston Churchill


Category: Anecdotes

During a PHA study, an operator entered the room and informed the team that he had discovered a hazardous situation in the process. The team went to investigate. In a diked area with a sump, they discovered a 10-foot alligator. This particular hazard was outside the objectives of the PHA study, so the team went back to work!


Category: Quotes

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
-Aristotle


Category: Quotes

How a man plays the game, or handles success, shows something of his character.  How he loses, or handles failure, shows all of it.
- Anon.


Category: Quotes

Fear of harm ought to be proportional not merely to the gravity of the harm, but also to the probability of the event.
Antoine Arnauld, in Logic, or the Art of Thinking, published 1662.


Category: Quotes

The risk averse make choices based on the consequences without regard to the probability involved. The foolhardy make choices based on the probability of an outcome without regard to its consequences.
P. L. Berstein, Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, 1998.


Category: Quotes

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
– Amelia Earhart


Category: Anecdotes

During a PHA study in Canada, the study team kept referencing waste water going to what the facilitator thought was the "bayou". This term describes a body of water in the south of the US where the facilitator lived. Eventually, the study team realized that "bayou" was being recorded in the PHA worksheets rather than their intended "Bio" which was how the team referred to their waste water treatment facility. This homophone could have affected the interpretation of the environmental results of the PHA.


Category: Quotes

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
- J. R. R. Tolkien


Category: Quotes

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
- Arnold Bennett

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