1st Edition

Humanizing Safety A Four-Step Approach

By Tim D'Ath Copyright 2025
    112 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    112 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The world of safety for professionals can often be unclear. In an industry that divides the safety world into one of two camps, either traditional or contemporary safety, the lack of knowledge continues to propagate through books, publications, podcasts, social media, and conferences, leaving safety professionals feeling more muddled than informed.

    Humanizing Safety: A Four-Step Approach provides a practical approach to human-centric safety collating the best elements of traditional and contemporary approaches for safety professionals to practise at work. By following this approach, readers will learn to apply humanistic safety principles to any workplace where safety is valued. The book explores the realm of human-centric safety and its intricacies, unpacking topics such as the contradictions and dilemmas of workplace safety, the psychology of safety, the human condition and its contribution to the safety of work, and how safety leaders can synthesize the collective knowledge, skills, expertise and lived experiences of the people who make up an organisation. Featuring micro-projects for readers to refer to and work through within their organisations, this book allows the reader to navigate the vast sea of information surrounding the opportunities and pitfalls of traditional and contemporary safety approaches through a lens of human-centric safety.

    This book is an easy-to-read that will appeal to professionals at all career levels where safety is critical to their role, including those in construction, utilities, manufacturing, mining, civil, aviation and maritime sectors.

    Contents

    Foreword

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    Part 1: What is safety?

    ·       Chapter 1: A definition

    ·       Chapter 2: Traditional safety approaches

    ·       Chapter 3: Progressive safety approaches

    ·       Micro-project #1

    Part 2: The psychology of workplace safety

    ·       Chapter 4: Embracing the human condition and its contribution to the safety of work

    ·       Chapter 5: Relating the 5 major psychology perspectives to workplace safety

    ·       Chapter 6: Building a healthier relationship with failure

    ·       Chapter 7: Safety as a social construct

    ·       Micro-project #2

    Part 3: A four step approach to humanizing safety

    ·       Chapter 8: Step 1 - Get to know your people

    ·       Micro-project #3

    ·       Chapter 9: Step 2 - Make safety simple

    ·       Micro-project #4

    ·       Chapter 10: Step 3 - Involve end users in the design of safety programs

    ·       Micro-project #5

    ·       Chapter 11: Step 4 – Crowd source for safety solutions

    ·       Micro-project #6

    ·       Chapter 12: Bringing it all together in a human-centered safety strategy

    Index

    Biography

    Tim D’Ath is a senior safety executive and people leader in Melbourne, Australia. He has more than 15 years’ experience leading high performing teams in both corporate and high-risk operational environments. Prior to this, Tim spent 10 years as a construction worker, mobile plant operator, offshore oil rig roustabout, deckhand, and trade assistant. His experience in frontline worker roles has directly shaped his approach to working as a safety professional, acknowledging the skills, experience, and perspectives of frontline workers in the development of safety programs. He specialises in the psychology of safety with extensive experience implementing contemporary safety approaches, psychosocial well-being strategies and developing health and safety governance frameworks across complex matrix structures. He has worked in diverse industries including construction, maritime, aviation and utilities, applying humanistic safety approaches in highly regulated work environments.