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dc.contributor.authorRae, AJ
dc.contributor.authorProvan, DJ
dc.contributor.authorWeber, DE
dc.contributor.authorDekker, SWA
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-29T12:46:48Z
dc.date.available2019-05-29T12:46:48Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn1477-3996
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14773996.2018.1491147
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/382962
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we provide a description of a previously unlabelled and under-theorised problem in safety management – ‘safety clutter’. Safety clutter is the accumulation of safety procedures, documents, roles, and activities that are performed in the name of safety, but do not contribute to the safety of operations. Safety clutter is a problem because of the opportunity cost of ineffective activity, because clutter results in cynicism and ‘surface compliance,’ and because clutter can hamper innovation and get in the way of getting work done. We identify three main mechanisms that generate clutter: duplication, generalization, and over-specification of safety activities. These mechanisms in turn are driven by asymmetry between the ease and the opportunity of adding or expanding safety activities, and the difficulty and lack of opportunity for reducing or removing safety activities. At the end of the paper, we provide some concrete suggestions for reducing safety clutter, based on our analysis of the problem.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom194
dc.relation.ispartofpageto211
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPOLICY AND PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND SAFETY
dc.relation.ispartofvolume16
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1605
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.titleSafety clutter: the accumulation and persistence of 'safety' work that does not contribute to operational safety
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
gro.rights.copyright© 2018, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
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gro.griffith.authorRae, Drew J.
gro.griffith.authorDekker, Sidney
gro.griffith.authorProvan, David J.
gro.griffith.authorWeber, David E.


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