2nd Edition

Productive Safety Management How to Mitigate Residual and Entropic Risks, Second Edition

By Tania Van der Stap Copyright 2025
    320 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    320 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book discusses the realm of operational risk management, exploring the intricacies of managing safety, production, and quality simultaneously. It offers a fresh perspective on the dynamic and complex nature of risk, highlighting the ever-changing landscape that organizations must navigate. The reliance on current understandings of residual risk is daunting, particularly as systems of production are prone to degradation over time. This degradation leads to an increase in 'entropic risk', resulting in losses in daily production that, if left unchecked, could culminate in catastrophic consequences.

    Productive Safety Management, Second Edition utilizes practical experience to offer context and application to the concepts surrounding risk that are introduced. It explores the residual and entropic risks present in production systems before shifting focus to the same risks within organizational elements such as leadership, competencies, management systems, and resilience. The degradation of these factors can lead to a toxic enterprise culture. Traditional risk management methods have resulted in the creation of functional silos. This book advocates for a multidisciplinary approach, positioning it as essential reading for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this era, the ability to effectively manage risks and capitalize on opportunities will be crucial for operational success.

    This comprehensive title is designed for operational managers and supervisors, and risk-related professionals in engineering, OSH, environment, and quality management.

    Foreword          

    About the Author          

    Introduction      

    Introduction References 

    Chapter 1: The Entropy Model and Systems of Production   

    Chapter Extract 

    The Nature of Risk      

    What is ‘Entropic Risk’?   

    The Entropy Model: A Systems Approach  

    The Four Steps Risk Management Strategy      

    The Total Risk Profile   

    The Cyclical Risk of Failure Following Success 

    Summary     

    Chapter References   

    Chapter 2: The Path to Organisational Maturity   36

    Chapter Extract 

    The Alignment Fallacy  

    The Three Levels of Alignment  

    Integrating ISO Standards          

    An Alternative to Accreditation 

    Learning from the ESG Agenda

    The Multidisciplinary Approach 

    Summary         

    Chapter References    

    Chapter 3: Processes     

    Chapter Extract 

    The Interface Between Systems of Production    

    Minimal Compliance  

    The Path to Maturity and Self-Regulation  

    Complexity and Management of Work Practices 

    The ALARP Assumption      

    Summary         

    Chapter References     

    Chapter 4: Technology  

    Chapter Extract

    Residual Risk and Design     

    Managing Technological Risks  

    Case Studies: Technological Disasters    

    The Human – Technology Interface     

    Maintenance of Technology   

    Technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution 

    Summary     

    Chapter References     

    Chapter 5: Physical Environment     

    Chapter Extract 

    Residual Risk and Design   

    “Acts of God”  

    Managing Physical Environment Risks  

    The Workplace in the Fourth Industrial Revolution    

    Summary      

    Chapter References  

    Chapter 6: Human Resources   

    Chapter Extract 

    A Systems Approach to Human Resources Risks 

    Human Resource Risk Management Strategies    

    Production Pressure and Safety Violations    

    HR Risks in the Fourth Industrial Revolution     

    Summary     

    Chapter References   

    Chapter 7: Risk Quantification and Management Strategy       

    Chapter Extract 

    The ALARP Assumption Revisited   

    Current Risk Assessment Tools  

    Dynamic Combinations Risk Method    

    Residual Risk Management Strategies (RRMS)   

    Case Study: Residual Risk Analysis   

    Entropic Risk Prevention Strategies (ERPS)    

    Case Study: Entropic Risk Analysis     

    Worker Exposure: The Complete Profile 

    Summary     

    Chapter References       

    Chapter 8: Risk Leadership    

    Chapter Extract 

    The Entropy Model and Organisational Factor Risks   

    Situational Leadership for Operations  

    Practical Risk Leadership and Decision-Making 

    OSH Management Systems and Legacy Issues  

    Summary    

    Chapter References     

    Chapter 9: Operational Capacity

    Chapter Extract 

    Risk-Taking versus Risk-Managing Behaviour   

    Day-to-Day Leadership for Supervisors 

    Capacity in Reserve, Resilience and Resourcefulness    

    Summary     

    Chapter References   

    Chapter 10: Towards High Reliability Organisations (HROs)  

    Chapter Extract

    Industry Gaps in Risk Management    

    Risk Management in HROs     

    10 Strategies on the Path to High Reliability   

    Summary and Concluding Comments 

    Chapter References   

    Index    

     

    Biography

    Tania Van der Stap spent the last 20 years since writing the 1st edition of Productive Safety Management in managerial and technical positions responsible for safety, health, and environmental management. Having experience in staff and contractor roles means she understands how to achieve results, whether within the organisation, owners’ team, project team or as an external technical expert. The industries she’s worked in have been diverse - gas, mining, exploration, construction, rail transport, engineering, agribusiness, professional organisations, and regulators. She has in-depth knowledge of different strategies according to each organisation’s level of maturity, leadership capability, resource availability and most importantly, the operational reality of the enterprise. Tania’s qualifications are in Commerce (not HSE), which has throughout her career, resulted in a business lens on operational performance. She is an unequivocal advocate of a risk- and opportunity-based approach to HSE, production and quality.