The dignity of risk refers to the right of an individual to assume a higher risk to themselves than might normally be considered acceptable in a workplace. This concept extends only as far as it does not cause serious risk to co-workers or the general public. As well, it must be reasonable. Thus, types of risk legally tolerated at the workplace or within society as a whole will also be considered. In some cases, higher risk might result in increased liability for the employer and, thus, higher costs. In these cases, the ability to assume risk would also be limited. For example, a person may not wear a hard hat due to religious requirements for specific head attire. The higher risk is to that specific individual and not others.
September 18, 2013