Nudges for Safety Management in the Process Industry

URL: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/320400963

This 2017 paper explores the use of behavioral tools for managing safety in the process industries. 



The presence of major hazard and risk control via well established safety management systems in the process industry offers a unique opportunity to add safety via nudges. Behaviour-based safety emerged in the early nineteen eighties and is in need of an upgrade. Where conscious behaviour according to unwritten cultural rules and written instructions are not enough for safety, additional manipulation of unconsciously made choices might be used. This principle, which is called a "nudge" towards desirable behaviour, is already being applied in e.g. traffic control, public space, politics, energy saving, health care and trade practice. The potential of improving safety this way resides in the human error domain and may not only reduce hitherto unaffected unsafe behaviour but also increase rule compliance on legislation, procedures and codes of conduct. This article explores "safety nudges". Based on currently available evidence a set of nine nudge types and an implementation approach are proposed.

Topics: Safety, Occupational health & safety
Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries
Date Last Updated: 2021-07-19 12:26:25

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