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Trapped by compliance? The voices of the regulator

Trapped by compliance? The voices of the regulator

Category
Part of a book/report
Abstract
This study is motivated by a concern that the salience of compliance and enforcement in regulatory action may lead companies to focus excessively on individual compliance in their safety management efforts.A qualitative study of incident and accident investigation reports issued by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) was carried out to shed light on (1) ways in which regulatory authorities can break out of an individualized compliance-oriented discourse, and (2) ways in which compliance logic may intrude even when the regulatory authority seeks to go beyond this logic. We found that event sequence descriptions were mostly “de-individualised”, i.e. individuals did not figure as grammatical subjects. Nonconformitieswere framed as deficiencies of the safety management system rather than individual violations. The PSA used asymmetric dialogue in a way that prompted the regulated companies to frame the findings in a similar way.
Language
English
Author(s)
Affiliation
  • SINTEF Technology and Society / Sikkerhet
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Year
2017
Publisher
CRC Press
Book
Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice : Proceedings of ESREL 2016 (Glasgow, Scotland, 25-29 September 2016)
ISBN
9781138029972
Page(s)
1291 - 1298