To main content

Understanding (organizational) Practices in Safety Research: Proximity versus Distance and some Research Implications

Understanding (organizational) Practices in Safety Research: Proximity versus Distance and some Research Implications

Category
Part of a book/report
Abstract
Various industries such as healthcare, oil and gas as well as transport including aviation and railways, are all subject to stringent regimes relating to regulations and standardization, and extensive use of procedures in order to ensure safety. Hollnagel's (2014) view on safety through Safety-II informs us that there is more to actual safe work accomplishment than strict compliance with standards. This approach, Safety-II implies attention on work as done. That is, how work practices within an organization actually (and informal-ly) is performed. This paper addresses the following research question: "How can we explore and understand the performance variability within work practices in safety critical organizations?" The paper draws on a pe-rusal of safety literature together with interview and observational examples. The discussion focuses in partic-ular on aspects related to proximity and distance, as well as meaning versus action in relation to understanding ordinary (safe) organizational practices.
Client
  • Norges forskningsråd / 246864
Language
English
Author(s)
Affiliation
  • SINTEF Digital / Software Engineering, Safety and Security
Year
2018
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Book
Prevention of Accidents at Work: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work (WOS 2017), October 3-6, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
ISBN
9781138037960