Much of the previous literature in the field of safety focuses on either the technical equipment issues or the human performance factors that contribute to the active failures in safety-critical systems. However, this book provides guidance in the moral or ethical aspects of decision-making that perpetuate many of the latent failures in safety-critical systems. The book presents an interdisciplinary discussion of ethical decision-making and discusses the need to teach ethical decision-making in professional academic programs. It provides a concise introduction to the ethical foundations and follows up with case studies from aviation, healthcare, and environmental and occupational health. These cases illustrate the challenges faced by the individuals in their respective field and the reasons for the choices that they made in the face of adversities. Safety Ethics gives a fascinating insight into ethical decision-making for all those interested or involved in safety-critical environments. The book will be an extremely valuable guide for professionals in making decisions consistent with their beliefs and code of ethics.
'This user-friendly book should be within easy reach of students, teachers, and professionals who have an interest in safety ethics…It presents a very exciting educational instrument about the ethics of safety in three distinct fields that share very similar ethical challenges: aviation, health care and occupational and environmental health…The writing style is clear and precise; the organization of the book helpful and perceptive for those who might integrate it into a safety curriculum. The authors recognize that in a capitalistic society, an emphasis upon safety can compromise profits, yet individual frontline professionals can and should enhance a safety culture. They demonstrate by case analysis how adopting a structured communication process in professional environments can enhance a safety culture by supporting open communication and by fostering collaborative decision-making and improved rule-making.' Professor Gerard Magill, Executive Director & Department Chair, Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University, USA
Contents: Foreword, Dr Gregory R. Beabout; Introduction to ethical decision-making, Manoj S. Patankar; Ethical challenges in aviation maintenance, Manoj S. Patankar; Aviation maintenance environment: the context for ethical decisions, Manoj S. Patankar; Ethical responsibilities of educators, regulators and professional organizations in aviation, Manoj S. Patankar; Ethical dilemmas in healthcare, Jeffrey P. Brown; Key themes in healthcare safety dilemmas, Jeffrey P. Brown; Ethical responsibilities of educators, regulators and professional organizations in healthcare, Jeffrey P. Brown; Ethical challenges in occupational and environmental health, Melinda D. Treadwell; Cases from occupational and environmental health, Melinda D. Treadwell; Ethical responsibilities of educators, regulators and professional organizations in occupational and environmental health, Melinda D. Treadwell; Afterword; Appendix: cases for classroom discussions, workshops or other interactive opportunities; Index.