Title
An approach for optimal allocation of safety resources : using the knapsack problem to take aggregated cost-efficient preventive measures An approach for optimal allocation of safety resources : using the knapsack problem to take aggregated cost-efficient preventive measures
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
New York ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Mathematics
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Risk analysis / Society for Risk Analysis [New York] - New York
Volume/pages
33(2013) :11 , p. 2056-2067
ISSN
0272-4332
ISI
000330107500011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
On the basis of the combination of the well-known knapsack problem and a widely used risk management technique in organizations (that is, the risk matrix), an approach was developed to carry out a cost-benefits analysis to efficiently take prevention investment decisions. Using the knapsack problem as a model and combining it with a well-known technique to solve this problem, bundles of prevention measures are prioritized based on their costs and benefits within a predefined prevention budget. Those bundles showing the highest efficiencies, and within a given budget, are identified from a wide variety of possible alternatives. Hence, the approach allows for an optimal allocation of safety resources, does not require any highly specialized information, and can therefore easily be applied by any organization using the risk matrix as a risk ranking tool.
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