Having described the problem with risk management effectiveness and the role of

human factors as a Critical Success Factor, a number of issues arise. Central to all these

is the interaction between people and uncertainty, crystallized in their risk attitude –

the chosen response to significant uncertainty. Risk attitudes are displayed by both

individuals and groups, and there are many influences on these, both open and

hidden. People adopt an attitude to each risky situation that reflects their perception

of the degree to which the uncertainty matters to them, and their emotional feelings

towards the uncertainty.