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Trapping Safety Into Rules


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Contents: Preface; Trapping safety into rules: an introduction, Mathilde Bourrier and Corinne Bieder; Part I Where do We Stand on the Bureaucratic Path towards Safety?: The never-ending story of proceduralization in aviation, Claire Pelegrin; 'No rule no use'? The effects of over-proceduralization, Isabelle Fucks and Yves Dien. Part II Contrasting Approaches to Safety Rules: Working to rule , or working safely, Andrew Hale and David Borys; Risk regulation and proceduralization: an assessment of Norwegian and US risk regulation in offshore oil and gas industry, Preben LindA,e, Michael Baram and Geir Sverre Braut; Proceduralization of safety assessment: a barrier to rational thinking, Derek Fowler; Acknowledging the role of abductive thinking: a way out of proceduralization for safety management and oversight?, Kenneth Pettersen. Part III Practical Attempts to Reach Beyond Proceduralization: the Magic Tools Illusion: What is it about checklists? Exploring safe work practices in surgical teams, Sindre HA,yland, Karina Aase, Jan Gustav Hollund and Arvid Steinar Haugen; Is 'crew resource management' an alternative to procedure-based strategies to improve patient safety in hospitals?, Guy Haller and Johannes Stoelwinder; Regulating airlines' safety management system: when proceduralization of risks meets risk owners, Stephane Deharvengt; The proceduralization of traffic safety and safety management in the Norwegian rail administration: a comparative case study, Ragnar Rosness; Beyond procedures: can 'safety culture' be regulated?, Jean-Christophe Le Coze and Siri Wiig; Proceduralization and regulation of culture: experiments of the frontiers of risk regulation, Jacob Kringen; Why regulators should stay away from safety culture and stick to rules instead, Gudela Grote and Johann Weichbrodt. Part IV Standing Back to Move Forward: Procedural paradoxes and the management of safety, Paul Schulman; Postscript; reflections on procedures, trial and error, and funct

About the Author

Corinne Bieder graduated as an engineer from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees (1993). She then completed her education with master degrees in both risk management at the Ecole Centrale Paris (1994) and social sciences in La Sorbonne University (1999). She started her career doing research for Electricite de France on Human Reliability Analysis in the nuclear industry actively participating in the development and deployment of the MERMOS method (1994-2000). She then joined a small consulting company, named Dedale, to work on a variety of human factors and safety projects in a variety of hazardous domains (aviation, energy, railways, hospitals, etc). In 2005 she joined Airbus where she successively held jobs in the training and strategy departments. She is now with the safety department in charge on the corporate safety strategy. Corinne has published a book with Hermes-Lavoisier on human factors in risk management and a number of conference papers on human factors and safety. Mathilde Bourrier holds a PhD in Sociology from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1996) and an Habilitation (2004). She is Professor of Sociology at the University of Geneva. Mathilde works on the social construction of safety, focusing on the conditions under which organizational reliability can be achieved and sustained. Her research interests address risk and organization theory and organizational anthropology. She has conducted extensive studies at nuclear power plants in France and in the US and has also worked in public hospitals, looking at skills and know-how transmission in Anaesthesiology. Mathilde has published four books: one with the Presses Universitaires de France, on a comparative ethnography of Nuclear Power Plants in France and in the US (1999), the second with L'Harmattan, on Organizing Reliability (2001; 2003); She co-directed a volume for Cambridge University Press with Michael Baram on Governing Risk in Genetically Modified Agriculture (2011) and a monograph based on a study conducted in Geneva Canton Hospital, looking at skills transmission in Anaesthesia (2011). In the past, she has acted as external expert and academic consultant for the French parliamentary Office of Technology Assessment, the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the French nuclear regulatory agency, and Electricite de France (EDF). Mathilde Bourrier, Corinne Bieder, Claire Pelegrin, 'Isabelle Fucks, Yves Dien, Andrew Hale, David Borys, Preben Lindoe, Michael Baram, Geir Sverre Braut, Derek Fowler, Kenneth Pettersen, Sindre Hoyland, Karina Aase, Jan Gustav Hollund, Arvid Steinar Haugen, Guy Haller, Johannes Stoelwinder, Stephane Deharvengt, Ragnar Rosness, Jean-Christophe Le Coze, Siri Wiig, Jacob Kringen, Gudela Grote, Johann Weichbrodt, Paul Schulman, Todd La Porte.


'Procedures are by some seen as a panacea for all safety problems, while others realise that they are a double-edged solution that hinders as much as it helps. The book provides a refreshing analysis of the basic practical and theoretical issues, and is a valuable reference for people who recognise the difference between working to rule and working safely.' Erik Hollnagel, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark 'This collection should be required reading for those who design and implement procedural strategies for managing risk across a broad range of complex socio-technical activities. The essays make a major contribution to our understanding of how overly detailed and specific procedural rules may raise new problems and risks as their volume and formalization increase, limiting discretion and impeding learning from mistakes or errors.' Professor Emeritus Gene Rochlin, University of California, Berkeley, USA 'If you are involved in the development and implementation of procedures, this is a book to read. It is not a guideline how to deal with the problem of realising safety and proceduralization. It provides an overview of the history of the development of procedures, the interaction of culture with procedures, and some of the effects procedures can have on the execution of tasks and the realisation of safety. As such it is a major contribution in understanding the delicate relationship between rules and procedures, the development of expertise, and the contribution of this to safety.' Newsletter of the Europe Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, no. 2 / 2013 'Overall then, Trapping Safety into Rules makes an important contribution to the field of safety science and area of procedures and safety management. I would recommend it to those researchers and practitioners working in the areas of safety management, procedure development and assessment, accident causation analysis, and also to those working in the broader areas of safety culture, resilience engineering, and safety science generally.' Journal of Battlefield Technology, vol. 16, no. 3, November 2013

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