Direct Consequence

Definition(s)


Direct Consequence

Effect that is an immediate result of an event, incident, or occurrence.

Source:API STANDARD 780, Security Risk Assessment Methodology for the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries, First Edition, May 2013. Global Standards

Direct Consequence

Effect that is an immediate result of an event, incident, or occurrence.

Sample Usage: Property damage and loss of life were among the direct consequences resulting from the hurricane.

Annotation:

  1. Direct consequences can include injuries, loss of life, on-site business interruption, immediate remediation costs, and damage to property and infrastructure as well as to the environment.
  2. The distinction between direct and indirect consequences is not always clear, but what matters in risk analysis is a) capturing the likely effects – be they designated as direct or indirect – that should be part of the analysis, b) clearly defining what is contained as part of direct consequences and what is part of indirect consequences, and c) being consistent across the entire analysis. Such consistency and clarity is important for comparability across scenarios and risk analyses.

Source: DHS Risk Lexicon, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2010 Edition. September 2010 Regulatory Guidance