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Foundations of Safety Science

A Century of Understanding Accidents and Disasters, 1st Edition

By Sidney Dekker

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450 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the theoretical foundations of safety science and provides balanced treatment of approaches since the early 20th century. It shows interlinkages and cross-connections between the concepts and theories. To support its use in teaching, each chapter features an overview and key points at the beginning and study questions at the end. The book is written in an accessible style, using technical language where necessary. It is attentive to the philosophical and historical traditions and assumptions that underlie all safety approaches.

Features

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of the theoretical foundations of safety science
  • Provides balanced treatment of approaches since the early 20th century, showing interlinkages and cross-connections
  • Includes an overview and key points at the beginning of each chapter and study questions at the end to support teaching use
  • Uses an accessible style, using technical language where necessary
  • Concentrates on the philosophical and historical traditions and assumptions that underlie all safety approaches

Table of Contents

The 1900s and onward: Beginnings. The 1910s and onward: Taylor and proceduralization. The 1920s and onward: Accident-prone. The 1930s and onward: Heinrich and behavior-based safety. The 1940s and onward: Human factors and cognitive systems engineering. The 1950s, 1960s and onward: System safety. The 1970s and onward: Man-made disasters. The 1980s and onward: Normal accidents and high reliability organizations. The 1990s and onward: Swiss Cheese and Safety Management Systems. The 2000s and onward: Safety Culture. The 2010s and onward: Resilience engineering.

About the Author

Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is professor of social science at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He is also Professor (Hon.) of psychology at The University of Queensland, and Professor (Hon.) of human factors and patient safety at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Previously, he was Professor of human factors and system safety at Lund University in Sweden. After becoming full professor, he learned to fly the Boeing 737, and worked part-time as an airline pilot out of Copenhagen. He is author of, most recently: The End of Heaven: Disaster and Suffering in a Scientific Age (2017); Just Culture: Restoring Trust and Accountability in Your Organization (2016); Safety Differently (2015); The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’ (2014); Second Victim (2013); Drift into Failure (2011); Patient Safety (2011). More at sidneydekker.com

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY008000
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
TEC017000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety