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Risk-Based Thinking: Managing the Uncertainty of Human Error in Operations (Hardback)
  • Risk-Based Thinking: Managing the Uncertainty of Human Error in Operations (Hardback)

Risk-Based Thinking: Managing the Uncertainty of Human Error in Operations (Hardback)

Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 17/11/2017
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Society at large tends to misunderstand what safety is all about. It is not just the absence of harm. When nothing bad happens over a period of time, how do you know you are safe? In reality, safety is what you and your people do moment by moment, day by day to protect assets from harm and to control the hazards inherent in your operations. This is the purpose of risk-based thinking, the key element of the six building blocks of Human and Organizational Performance (H&OP).

Generally, H&OP provides a risk-based approach to managing human performance in operations. But, specifically, risk-based thinking enables foresight and flexibility-even when surprised-to do what is necessary to protect assets from harm but also achieve mission success despite ongoing stresses or shocks to the operation. Although you cannot prepare for every adverse scenario, you can be ready for almost anything. When risk-based thinking is integrated into the DNA of an organization's way of doing business, people will be ready for most unexpected situations. Eventually, safety becomes a core value, not a priority to be negotiated with others depending on circumstances.

This book provides a coherent perspective on what executives and line managers within operational environments need to focus on to efficiently and effectively control, learn, and adapt.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138302471
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm


'This book provides sound principles for managing hazardous operations that would otherwise take years to understand through trial and error. The real-world application of Muschara's material has produced immediate results.' - Lee Reynolds, SI Group, Inc.

'The "Must-Read" book on reducing risks from human error; Tony' s passion is for people who do hazardous work, keeping them safe, helping them succeed. Tony is one of the best, an exemplar practitioner of resilient, reliable operations.' - W.E. Carnes, U.S. Department of Energy (ret.), former Senior Advisor for Human Performance & High Reliability

Tony's book brings together much of the new thinking about Human Error and Safety in a practical guide to those who manage any organization, whether it be safety-critical or simply an economic enterprise. Very helpful and easy to follow.' - John Wreathall, Independent consultant in organizational safety for nuclear power, health care and transportation

'Tony Muschara begins to build a much needed bridge from a traditional view of human performance to the "new view", moving toward increasing resilience and reliability with an understanding that work is variable thus adaptability is key to success.' - Elizabeth Lay, founder and principal, Applied Resilience, LLC, Houston Texas

'Tony has managed to create a meaningful reference book for practitioners while laying out a guide to culture change for leaders!' - Mike Blevins, Luminant COO (retired)

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