This new edition comes after about 15 years of development in the field of safety science and practice. The book addresses the question of how to improve risk assessments, investigations, and organizational learning inside companies in order to prevent unwanted occurrences. The book helps the reader in analyzing the subject from different scientific perspectives to demonstrate how they contribute to an overall understanding. It also gives a comprehensive overview of different methods and tools for use in safety practice and helps the reader in analyzing their scope, merits, and shortcomings. The book raises a number of critical issues to be addressed in the improvement process.

Section I: Introduction

Chapter 1 Introducing some basic concepts

Chapter 2 Framework conditions

Chapter 3 Case study

Section II: Theoretical foundation

Chapter 4 Accident theory and models

Chapter 5 Framework for accident analysis

Chapter 6 The occurrence of accidents over time

Chapter 7 Management of safety through experience feedback

Chapter 8 Criteria for assessing the efficiency of experience feedback

Chapter 9 Barriers against loss

Chapter 10 The human element in accident control

Section III: Learning from incidents and deviations

Chapter 11 Sources of data on accident risks

Chapter 12 Hazard identification, safety inspections and audits

Chapter 13 Incident reporting and investigation

Chapter 14 Accumulated incident experience

Section IV: Monitoring of safety performance

Chapter 15 Overview of safety performance indicators

Chapter 16 Loss-based safety performance indicators

Chapter 17 Process-based safety performance indicators

Chapter 18 Causal factor–based safety performance indicators

Chapter 19 Selecting safety performance indicators

Section V: Risk assessment

Chapter 20 The risk assessment process

Chapter 21 Coarse analysis

Chapter 22 Job safety analysis

Chapter 23 Risk assessments of machinery

Chapter 24 Comparison risk assessment

Section VI: Putting the pieces together

Chapter 25 The oil and gas industry

Chapter 26 The hydropower industry

Chapter 27 Work-related road transportation

Chapter 28 Epilogue

Appendix A: Definitions

Appendix B: SMORT checklists and questionnaire