Safe Work Behaviour with Brain Based Safety

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This book focuses on the question what the brain teaches us about safe work behaviour and which opportunities we have to influence that behaviour.

Auteur: Juni Daalmans
ISBN: 9789491764271
Pages: 240
Print: 1st (2017)


About the book

Nowadays we know much more about the working of the brain, especially how it perceives things, how it decides and how it prepares and performs actions. Safe Work Behaviour with Brain Based Safety uses that new understanding. The author offers the reader an innovative insight in the psychology behind the success or failure of many work-related safety measures.

One of the key messages is that behaviour is driven by conscious processes to only a limited extent. Learning and changing isn’t only achieved by talking about it, but rather by doing it together. Explanation is useful but practice makes perfect.

Working from his views on Brain Based Safety, Juni Daalmans illustrates how unsafe behaviour in the workplace can be changed effectively. He focuses on themes such as risk detection and risk evaluation, the influence of readiness, stress and regulations, the impact of the organisation and the effects of teamwork and leadership.

The author touches on the clash between how the brain operates and how safety studies have developed in recent years. The issue is the excess of rules and procedures which from a psychological point of view form a threat to risk detection, and which are often presented to us as the solution to managing dangers.

The challenge is how to apply in practice the theory and principles which Daalmans provides. This book lends a hand by offering clear cases and examples from actual practice. Each chapter concludes with a summary and a list of practical prospects for safety management.

This book is a translation of the Dutch publication ‘Veilig werkgedrag door Brain Based Safety’, Veilig werkgedrag door Brain Based Safety, ISBN 9789491764257.

Part I    Analysis of behaviour

  1. Vision of human behaviour
  2. The instinctive
  3. The automated
  4. The conscious

Part II   Discovering risks

  1. Risk and risk detection
  2. Danger sensitivity: the perception of danger
  3. Understanding risk: knowing risks

Part III Processing risks

  1. Risk evaluation
  2. Readiness and stress
  3. The perception of rules

Part IV  The influence of circumstances

  1. Social aspects of safe behaviour: the team
  2. Social aspects of safe behaviour: leadership
  3. The influence of safety

Part V  Integration into behaviour

  1. Safe behaviour

Part VI  Brain Based Safety in practise

  1. The safety buddy
  2. Incident research
  3. Culture change

Managing safety processes

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