Human Safety and Risk Management, Second Edition

By A. Ian Glendon, Sharon Clarke, Eugene McKenna

© 2006 – CRC Press

528 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2006-04-24
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About the Book

Reflecting a decade’s worth of changes, Human Safety and Risk Management, Second Edition contains new chapters addressing safety culture and models of risk as well as an extensive re-working of the material from the earlier edition. Examining a wide range of approaches to risk, the authors define safety culture and review theoretical models that elucidate mechanisms linking safety culture with safety performance.

Filled with practical examples and case studies and drawing on a range of disciplines, the book explores individual differences and the many ways in which human beings are alike within a risk and safety context. It delineates a risk management approach that includes a range of techniques such as risk assessment, safety audit, and safety interventions. The authors address concepts central to workplace safety such as attitudes and their link with behavior. They discuss managing behavior in work environments including key functions and benefits of groups, factors influencing team effectiveness, and barriers to effectiveness such as groupthink.


“This book offers an unusually rich blend of psychology and safety science. Should be required reading for those who strive to maintain evidence-based practice in safety management. We will be adopting it as a core text for our Psychology of Risk and Safety course."

-- Rhona Flin, Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen

About the First Edition:

 "…The book provides useful comprehensive overviews of its subject matter. Its wide coverage of occupational psychology topics and how they relate to workplace safety should ensure a wide appeal …The book contains much valuable information, and provides a useful contribution to a neglected area within occupational and organizational psychology."

-- N. Dominic Cooper, Applied Behavioural Sciences, University of Hull in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

Table of Contents


Establishing the Field

Emerging Issues in OHS Research and Practice

Risk models and risk management


First-Order Concepts/Approaches to Risk

Expanded/Developed Approaches to Risk

Meta-Approaches to Risk

Further Discussion

From sensation and perception through motivation and behavior


Sensation and the Human Senses

Perceptual Organization and Interpretation

Attention and Vigilance

Causal Attribution

Behavioral Approach to Motivation

Motivating for Safety


Human error and human factors


Human Error

Categorizing Human Error

Error Occurrence and Detection

Human Factors

Interface Design

Techniques for Reducing Human Error/Increasing Human Reliability


Personality and risk liability


Models of Personality and the “Big Five”

Accident Proneness

“Big-Five” Personality Characteristics and Injury Liability

Risk Propensity

Individual Differences in Error Liability

Personality at Work


Attitudes, values, and risk behaviors


Understanding Attitudes

The Nature of Attitudes

Attitudes Toward Safety and Risk

Attitudes and Behavior: Some Theoretical Perspectives

More Complex Approaches to Attitude –Behavior Links

Attitude Change

Safety Climate and Safety Attitudes


The role of stress in safety and risk


Theoretical Models of Stress

Workplace Stressors and Injuries

Individual Differences and Job Stress

Mechanisms Linking Stress with Injuries

Stress Interventions


Managing teams for safe performance


Functions and Benefits of Groups

Formation and Types of Groups

Team Effectiveness

Safety Committee Effectiveness

Barriers to Team Effectiveness

Managing Effective Work Teams


Leading and supervising for safe performance


Leadership Theories

New Leadership Theories

Leadership Failures

Leadership Ethics


Managing human risks


A Risk Management Approach

HR Practices Associated with Occupational Health and Safety

Managing Safety Risks: An Integrated Approach


Safety culture


Defining Safety Culture

Theoretical Models of Safety Culture

Approaches to Developing and Measuring Safety Culture

Changing Towards a Positive Safety Culture

Safety Culture and Risk Management


Risk management — conclusions

Staged Approaches to Managing Safety Risks

Beyond a Standards Approach

Integrating Individual and Organizational Adaptive Features

Beyond Prevention


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety