Trapping Safety into Rules by Mathilde Bourrier, Corinne Bieder

By Mathilde Bourrier, Corinne Bieder

Principles and methods are key positive factors for a contemporary association to operate. it's no shock to work out them to be paramount in safeguard administration. As a few sociologists argue, regimen and rule following isn't continuously socially resented. it could possibly carry humans convenience and decrease anxieties of newness and uncertainty. dealing with consistent unforeseen occasions involves fatigue and exhaustion. there's additionally doubtless that proceduralization and documented actions have introduced development, refrained from recurrent blunders and allowed for 'best practices' to be followed. even if, apparently the specific and extensive use of methods at the present time is in reality a possibility to new development in protection. there's an pressing have to ponder this factor simply because there's doubt that the trail selected via many unsafe industries and actions is the best, defense clever, contemplating the security point accomplished at the present time. once defense is concerned, there looks an impossible to resist push in the direction of a much broader scope of norms, techniques and procedures, regardless of the context implied. This publication isn't really a plea opposed to proceduralization, however it does take the view that it's time to re-examine how a long way it may possibly nonetheless pass and to what profit. Underlying those questions, there's a growing to be suspicion that the trail taken may well actually bring about a lifeless finish, except the concept that of technique and the stipulations below which those methods are built are revisited.

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Attempts to follow alternative paths are few. Among them is self-regulation. However, despite numerous talks and efforts to have industries self-regulate, it seems today that this attempt was in vain. Self-regulation has not delivered as much as was hoped for. Factors That Explain the Current Situation Although it is well documented that procedures do not guarantee in themselves a safe performance, reinforcing proceduralization remains a widely spread reflex action when safety is perceived to be insufficient.

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Is it the evident sign that some kind of madness now governs safety philosophy? Is it due to a lack of convincing evidence of the benefits of the concept itself? What have we really learned from the safety culture notion and practices? Can we consider that safety culture is an easy target for normalization because it did not deliver so far, or does it constitute a real way forward? Are we facing the last chance to include safety culture aspects seriously, even imperfectly, or is it the programmed death of cultural dimensions of safety management (Guldenmund 2010)?

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