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Safety Management

A Qualitative Systems Approach

Safety Management by John Davies
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Safety, Risk and Responsibility
Science and Subjectivity
The Need to be Safe
Risk and Responsibility
Voluntary and Involuntary Action
Safety and Trust in Organizations
Better Value from Safety Data in a World of Diminishing Returns
Where is Risk Situated?

Safety, Subjectivity and Imagination
Knowledge: Objective or Subjective?
What Kind of Science?
Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and Chaos
Causality: a Property of the World, or All in the Mind?
Safety and Imagination
Justifying Proactive Safety

Predictive Validity of Near Misses
The Background to the Common Sense Hypothesis
Arguments against the Common Cause Hypothesis
Testing the Hypothesis
Collecting and Analyzing Minor Event Reports is a Useful Thing to Do

Confidential Reporting as an Approach to Collecting Near Miss
Why Confidential Reporting?
Management Support
Incentives for Reporting
Preparation and Planning
The CIRAS Reporting System

Numbers and Words in Safety Management
The Epistemology of Incident Frequency Data
Case Study: Validatory Triangulation in a Safety Management Context
Dealing with Discourse

Hermeneutics and Accident Reports
An Organizational Model of Human Factors
The CIRAS Project
Kinds of Data
From Hermeneutics to Action

Causal Attribution and Safety Management
Traditional Attribution Theory
Functional Discourse and Attribution
Causal Investigation of Accidents Viewed as a Functional Act
Attribution and Safety Climate/Culture
An Attributional Analysis of Train Drivers' Explanations
Attributions and Implications

Inter-Rater Consensus in Safety Management
Definitions of Reliability
Problem Areas in Testing Consensus
Statistical Measurements of Inter-Rater Consensus
Procedures for Establishing Inter-Rater Consensus (IRC) and Within- Rater Consensus (WRC)

Error Taxonomies and 'Cognitivism'

Information Arousal Theory (IAT) and Train Driver Behavior
People: Controllers of Arousal
Further Implications

Numbers from Words
Human Error, Strategic Decision or Adaptive Action?
It Makes Economic Sense
Science: Induction versus Intuition

Catalog no. TF1634, May 2003, 240 pp., ISBN: 0-4153-0370-2, $109.95 / £72.99

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CRC Press; September 2003
235 pages; ISBN 9780203403228
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Title: Safety Management
Author: John Davies; Alastair Ross; Brendan Wallace
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