Safety management and human factors disciplines are often regarded as subjective and nebulous. This perhaps stems from a variety of, sometimes disparate, activities in the realms of education, industry and research. Aviation is one of the safety-critical industries that has led the development of safety systems and human factors. However, in recent years, safety management and human factors are seen to be progressing well in the road, rail and the medical arena. Multimodal Safety Management and Human Factors is a wide-ranging compendium of contemporary approaches in the aviation, road, rail and medical domains. It brings together 28 chapters from both the academic and professional worlds that focus on applications, tools and strategies in safety management and human factors. It is a wellspring of the practical rather than the theoretical. Safety scientists, human factors industry practitioners, change management advocates, educators and students will find this book extremely relevant and challenging.
José M. Anca Jr is a Human Factors and Crew Resource Management practitioner. His specialty is in the design, implementation and technology transfer of practical tools in managing human error in organizations undergoing rapid change. José's range of experience spans across the aviation industry as head of human factors in airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Ansett Australia and Singapore Airlines, and now consulting on human factors in the railway industry. He is also involved in research programs in the areas of flight crew selection and aviation mentoring. José is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation's ICARUS Committee, the flight safety think-tank based in Washington DC, a consultant to the IATA Training and Development Institute, and the Manager of Aviation Human Factors, lecturing on Safety Management Systems and Human Factors at Swinburne University. He is currently a Senior Consultant for Human Factors with Interfleet Technology Pty Ltd based in Melbourne, Australia.
'The book gives a fair insight into the fascinating world of modern safety management and human factors issues, providing novices insight into this domain, while challenging the professional to reflect on more fundamental issues and notions.The book is very much worthwhile reading.' Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Newsletter no2/2007 'This slim, tightly bound hardback is a positive treasury of information relating to safety management and human factors, contributed by experts, researchers and practitioners, from different perspectives of theory and practice concerning rail, aviation, medical and road modalities. The multi-author texts are skilfully arranged to explore 4 core agendas: * that safety management and human factors foundations across modes are universal; * that there are emerging tools such as Monitoring of Normal Operations, which are interoperable in all the modes; * that the pre-eminence of data to drive conclusive concepts in safety management is of utmost importance; and * that protecting lives, the quest to minimise risk and the audacity to learn from the 'other mode' are essential to progressing safety management and human factors into an enduring science.' RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal April 2008