Reliability and safety in hazardous work systems: approaches to analysis and design

This volume contains a selection of original contributions from internationally reputed scholars in the field of risk management in socio?technical systems with high hazard potential. Its first major section addresses fundamental psychological and socio?technical concepts in the field of risk perception, risk management and learning systems for safety improvement. The second section deals with the variety of procedures for system safety analysis. It covers strategies of analyzing automation problems and of safety culture as well as the analysis of social dynamics in field settings and of field experiments. Its third part then illustrates the utilization of basic concepts and analytic approaches by way of case studies of designing man?machine systems and in various industrial sectors such as intensive care wards, aviation, offfshore oil drilling and chemical industry.

Book contents:

  1. Conceptual Issues in Risk Management

  2. Managing the Management Risk: New Approaches to Organizational Safety

  3. Cognitive Aspects of Safety

  4. Learning from Experience? How? Some Research Issues in Industrial Risk Management

  5. Analytical Approaches to Systems Safety

  6. A Model?Based Analysis of Automation Problems

  7. Social Dynamics, Organization and Management: Factors Contributing to System Safety

  8. Accident and Cognitive Structure

  9. Psychological Contributions for the Improvement of Safety and Reliability in the Man?Machine System

  10. Mixed Technologies and Management of Reliability

  11. Safety Management in Intensive Care

  12. Safety in Flight Operations

  13. Design for Safety and Productivity in Large Scale Industrial Projects: The Case of the Norwegian Offshore Oil Development

  14. Industrial Technology, Chemical Accidents and Social Control