Engineering firms could be exposing themselves to greater peril, both legal and actual, than they realize by adopting the wrong risk approach when conducting due diligence.

It has become increasingly common for engineers to confound two disparate approaches towards risk minimization when performing due diligence with regards to safety –  those of risk minimization so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP) and risk minimization as low as is reasonably practicable (ALARP). While both approaches share the…