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SpringerBriefs in Safety Management

The “Springer Briefs in Safety Management” series is published by FonCSI with Springer. The series presents cutting-edge research results on the management of technological risks and decision-making in high-stakes settings.

This series weaves together insights from multiple scientific disciplines that shed light on safety management, including organization studies, psychology, sociology, economics, law and engineering. It explores novel topics related to industrial safety and technological risks, anticipating operational challenges in high-hazard industries and the societal concerns associated with these activities.

These publications are by and for academics and practitioners (industry, regulators) in safety management and risk research. Relevant industry sectors include nuclear, offshore oil and gas, chemicals processing, aviation, railways, construction and healthcare. Some emphasis is placed on explaining concepts to a non-specialized but still academic audience, and the shorter format ensures a concentrated approach to the topics treated.

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An open access series

Given FonCSI's public-interest status, the books published in the "SpringerBriefs in Safety Management" series are all available as open access. Thus, the content of the entirety of this series is freely available. Simply download books, or individual chapters, from Springer's Internet platform.

 

BOOKS

Human and Organisational Factors

Editors:  Journé, B., Laroche, H., Bieder, C., Gilbert, C. (Eds.)
January 2020 - 138 pages

This open access book addresses several questions regarding the implementation of human and organisational factors (HOF) so that recent improvements in industrial safety can be built upon. It addresses sources of frustration in senior management with high expectations of operational recommendations and disquiet on the part of HOF specialists struggling to have an impact on high-level decision making. The brief explores these issues with an emphasis on examples and lessons learned based on the experience of its authors, who come from different academic disciplines and various industrial sectors such as oil and gas, energy and transportation. It then offers some ways forward for a better consideration of HOF in hazardous companies with a view of promoting safety and facing challenges in a rapidly changing world.

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Exploring Resilience

Editors:  Wiig, S., Fahlbruch, B. (Eds.)
December 2018 - 128 pages

Resilience has become an important topic on the safety research agenda and in organizational practice. Most empirical work on resilience has been descriptive, identifying characteristics of work and organizing activity which allow organizations to cope with unexpected situations. Fewer studies have developed testable models and theories that can be used to support interventions aiming to increase resilience and improve safety. In addition, the absent integration of different system levels from individuals, teams, organizations, regulatory bodies, and policy level in theory and practice imply that mechanisms through which resilience is linked across complex systems are not yet well understood.

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Safety Cultures, Safety Models

Editors: Gilbert, C., Journé, B., Laroche, H., Bieder, C. (Eds.)
September 2018 - 165 pages

The objective of this book is to help at-risk organizations to decipher the “safety cloud”, and to position themselves in terms of operational decisions and improvement strategies in safety, considering the path already travelled, their context, objectives and constraints. What link can be established between safety culture and safety models in order to increase safety within companies carrying out dangerous activities? First, while the term “safety culture” is widely shared among the academic and industrial world, it leads to various interpretations and therefore different positioning when it comes to assess, improve or change it.


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Risk Communication for the Future

Editors: Bourrier, M., Bieder, C. (Eds.)
July 2018 - 175 pages

The conventional approach to risk communication, based on a centralized and controlled model, has led to blatant failures in the management of recent safety related events. In parallel, several cases have proved that actors not thought of as risk governance or safety management contributors may play a positive role regarding safety. Building on these two observations and bridging the gap between risk communication and safety practices leads to a new, more societal perspective on risk communication, that allows for smart risk governance and safety management.

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Beyond Safety Training

Editors: Bieder, C., Gilbert, C., Journé, B., Laroche, H. (Eds.)
October 2017 - 160 pages

This book aims at understanding why, despite more and more resources devoted to safety training, expectations are not entirely met, particularly in the industrial sectors that have already achieved a high safety level. Its chapters not only reflect the most precious viewpoints of experts from different disciplines, different countries, with experiences in various industrial fields at the cutting edge of the theories and practices in terms of safety, professionalization and their relationships.

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The Illusion of Risk Control

Editors: Motet, Gilles, Bieder, Corinne (Eds.)
September 2017 - 112 pages

This book explores the implications of acknowledging uncertainty and black swans for regulation of high-hazard technologies, for stakeholder acceptability of potentially hazardous activities and for risk governance. The conventional approach to risk assessment, which combines the likelihood of an event and the severity of its consequences, is poorly suited to situations where uncertainty and ambiguity are prominent features of the risk landscape. The new definition of risk used by ISO, “the effect of uncertainty on [achievement of] one’s objectives”, recognizes this paradigm change.

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