Designing and Operating Safety Systems: The Missing Link
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar SeriesSDM alumnus John Helferich, former senior vice president of R&D, Mars Inc., and Ph.D. student, MIT Engineering Systems Division
Date: July 29, 2013
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
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About the PresentationHospital safety, aviation safety, food safety, product safety and virtually any safety system designed to prevent injury or death, share a critical, often overlooked component: the people who design, operate, and manage them. Recent research shows that they often make mistakes because they are rarely considered part of the system.
This webinar will address why and how to incorporate "safety of management" to minimize errors. It will cover:
- examples of safety failures and high-level analyses of their origins;
- a description of the STAMP (Systems Theoretic Accident Model and Process) model developed by MIT Professor Nancy Leveson and described in her book, Engineering a Safer World (MIT Press, January 2012);
- ways that managers can use STAMP's hazard analysis methods to make safer decisions; and
- mitigation strategies for unsafe managerial decisions.