Tag Archives: safety-I

Life After ‘Human Error’ – Velocity Europe 2014

This is a keynote address from Velocity Europe 2014 in Barcelona on 17 November. I wanted to give a fairly light presentation (it was first slot in the morning!) to summarise some key issues in moving on from a focus … Continue reading

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Occupational Overuse Syndrome – Human Error Variant (OOS-HEV)

Occupational Overuse Syndrome – Human Error Variant (OOS-HEV) is a condition involving the overuse of the notion of ‘human error’ to explain unwanted events in complex systems. The condition develops as the result of a number of factors such as the desire … Continue reading

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SAFETY is our Primary Goal!

OVER BLACK WE HEAR THE DULL SOUNDS OF INDUSTRY; A MUFFLED MASS OF MACHINES, GEARS, STEAM. FADE IN ON: A SIGN. Twelve feet across. Painted decades earlier, grime-covered black, white and red. It reads in large 40’s era, hand-painted type, “SAFETY IS … Continue reading

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What Safety-II isn’t

Last summer, a White Paper was released on a different way of thinking about safety: Safety-II. For me, Safety-II is no less than a paradigm shift in safety, bringing together various strands of thought, by various different people, that have … Continue reading

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Organisations and the ghosts of failures past, present and yet to come

How do organisations learn? It is fairly uncontroversial to say that we, as individuals and organisations, learn from consequences. But what sort of consequences do we learn from? In professions with a protective purpose, such as safety management, the assumption … Continue reading

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Safety-II as disruptive innovation

The field of safety management has operated within the same paradigm for decades: finding and fixing things that go wrong, reactively and predictively. Much of the safety management of previous years can be seen as an expression of Safety-I thinking, … Continue reading

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Seven questions on Safety-II: Ensuring things go right

This post is an article that was published in The Ergonomist: Newsletter of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. Ref: Shorrock, S. and Licu, T. (2014). Moving toward Safety-II: Ensuring things go right. The Ergonomist. March. Download the original … Continue reading

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Maslow’s hammer: How tools bias attention and straightjacket thinking

In May 2013, Edition 5 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published by the American Psychiatric Association. According to the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM handbook establishes consistent and reliable diagnoses that can be used … Continue reading

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Déformation professionnelle: How profession distorts perspective

So, what do you do? If you work in a health and safety role, there is one question that can make for an awkward conversation: “So, what do you do?” I was asked this question at passport control on entering the … Continue reading

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