Identifying the typical biases and their significance in the current safety management systems

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This post is compliments of my friend and colleague Dr. Teemu Reiman with VTT from Finland.  He and Dr. Carl Rollenhagen wrote the attached paper for the 2010 PSAM Conference. 

The paper describes a set of biases in safety management practices and their possible consequences for safety. The authors outline main biases of safety management in four thematic areas: beliefs about individual behavior, beliefs about organizations, safety models and safety management methods. A common theme underlying the biases is a lack of systems view on safety. A systemic safety management takes into account people, technology and organization and their interaction in equal terms. Furthermore, such an approach can shift focus from people to technology to organizational aspects depending on their current safety significance.

To read the full article click on the following link:

 PSAM Teemu paper_286_1

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