Episode 32 – Safety Management is not Enough

In the 1970s and 1980s there was a series of accidents which triggered a really intensive examination of organisational safety. Both the idea and reality of management failure weren’t new in safety research; what was special about each of these accidents is that they all occurred in industries that had strong safety regulation in place. Previously you could just observe that the accident happened because of a lack of safety management. Suddenly that wasn’t enough. There was plenty of safety management going on, it just wasn’t working. More sophisticated explanations were needed.

This episode mentions the new Graduate Certificate in Safety Leadership at Griffith University. If you’re in Australia, check it out. If you do apply, be sure to mention that you heard about it on the podcast (I don’t get recruitment fees or anything like that, it’s just good to know).

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Episode 31- Unsafe Safety

This episode is about attempts to make things safer that actually make things worse. The episode focusses on the work of two specific authors, Edward Tenner (Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences) and Lisanne Bainbridge (The Ironies of Automation). There are examples throughout the episode, but the main case studies are China Air 006 and the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System.

Episode transcript is available here.

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