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Some myths about industrial safety

Abstract : There are many definitions of safety, but most of them are variations on the theme that safety can be measured by the number of adverse outcomes. This vision has consequences for how industry thinks safety can be achieved. This paper looks at six safety-related assumptions, or safety myths, which impact industry practices. We argue that these practices are littered with fragile beliefs, which in many cases make the safety management flawed and ineffectual. The open acknowledgement of these myths is a necessary first step to genuinely improve industrial safety.
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Denis Besnard, Erik Hollnagel. Some myths about industrial safety. [Research Report] CRC_WP_2012_2, MINES ParisTech. 2012, 19 p. ⟨hal-00724098v2⟩



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