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Safety Management: A Qualitative Systems Approach By John Davies

Safety Management: A Qualitative Systems Approach
by John Davies

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For the reduction of accidents it is necessary to deal with systems factors in which both technical and human-factors elements play an equal role. This text describes a body of theory and data that address this issue, drawing on systems theory and applied psychology, and which stresses the importance of human agency within systems.
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Safety Management: A Qualitative Systems Approach by John Davies

Professionals striving for accident reduction must deal with systems in which both technical and human elements play equal and complementary roles. However, many of the existing techniques in ergonomics and risk management concentrate on plant and technical issues and downplay human factors and "subjectivity." Safety Management: A Qualitative Systems Approach describes a body of theories and data that addresses safety by drawing on systems theory and applied psychology, stressing the importance of human activity within systems. It explains in detail the central roles of social consensus and reliability and the nature of verbal reports and functional discourse.

This text presents a new approach to safety management, offering a path to both greater safety and to economic savings. It presents a series of methodological tools that have proven to be reliable through extensive use in the rail and nuclear industries. These methods allow organizational and systems failures to be analyzed much more effectively in terms of quantity, precision, and usefulness.

The concepts and tools described in this book are particularly valuable for reliability engineers, risk managers, human factors specialists, and safety managers and professionals in safety-critical organizations.

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'A much needed and overdue academic contribution to the field of safety managementsome excellent insights and arguments very valuable reading" Ergonomics, 48 (1), 98 "A new perspective distinctivea unique resource worth buying. This book truly presents a philosophical challenge to the precepts held in the disciplines of safety management and occupational psychology." June 2004, Vol 7, No. 6 "Essential reading for an up-to-date perspective on near miss reporting and safety management." Risk Analysis 25, 775, June 2005 This book presents a new 'Qualitative Systems Approach' to safety management, offering both greater safety and economic savings. It presents a series of methodological 'tools' whose reliability and validity have been shown through extensive work in the rail and nuclear industries and that allow organizational and systems failures to be analyzed much more effectively in terms of quantity, precision and usefulness. This is a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in occupational psychology, human factors, ergonomics and HCI, and the sociology of disasters and risk. It is also useful for safety managers and professionals in many safety critical firms and organizations, reliability engineers, risk managers, and human factors specialists.

Table of Contents


Safety, Risk and Responsibility
Science and Subjectivity
The Need to be Safe
Risk and Responsibility
Voluntary and Involuntary Action
Safety and Trust in Organizations
Better Value from Safety Data in a World of Diminishing Returns
Where is Risk Situated?

Safety, Subjectivity and Imagination
Knowledge: Objective or Subjective?
What Kind of Science?
Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and Chaos
Causality: a Property of the World, or All in the Mind?
Safety and Imagination
Justifying Proactive Safety

Predictive Validity of Near Misses
Introduction
The Background to the Common Sense Hypothesis
Arguments against the Common Cause Hypothesis
Testing the Hypothesis
Collecting and Analyzing Minor Event Reports is a Useful Thing to Do

Confidential Reporting as an Approach to Collecting Near Miss
Data
Why Confidential Reporting?
Management Support
Incentives for Reporting
Preparation and Planning
The CIRAS Reporting System
Conclusions

Numbers and Words in Safety Management
Introduction
Triangulation
The Epistemology of Incident Frequency Data
Case Study: Validatory Triangulation in a Safety Management Context
Dealing with Discourse
Summary

Hermeneutics and Accident Reports
Background
Hermeneutics
An Organizational Model of Human Factors
The CIRAS Project
Kinds of Data
From Hermeneutics to Action

Causal Attribution and Safety Management
Traditional Attribution Theory
Functional Discourse and Attribution
Causal Investigation of Accidents Viewed as a Functional Act
Attribution and Safety Climate/Culture
An Attributional Analysis of Train Drivers' Explanations
Attributions and Implications

Inter-Rater Consensus in Safety Management
Introduction
Definitions of Reliability
Problem Areas in Testing Consensus
Statistical Measurements of Inter-Rater Consensus
Procedures for Establishing Inter-Rater Consensus (IRC) and Within-

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Safety Management: A Qualitative Systems Approach by John Davies
John Davies
Rater Consensus (WRC)<br />Summary<br /><br />Error Taxonomies and 'Cognitivism'<br />Origins<br />Cognitivism<br />Connectionism<br /><br />Information Arousal Theory (IAT) and Train Driver Behavior<br />People: Controllers of Arousal<br />Further Implications<br /><br />Conclusions<br />Numbers fr
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Taylor & Francis Ltd
2003-05-15
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0415303710
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