Safety Reading List – Just the Good BitsPosted: May 10, 2012
Easy to read but informative and provocative:
Except where noted, links are to PDFs of the documents and homepages of the authors.
Why System Safety Professiona lshould read Accident Reports by Michael Holloway and Chris Johnson
Software Safety: Where’s the Evidence? by John McDermid
Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should have Seen Coming by Michael Watkins and Max Bazerman
The Limits to Safety? Culture, Politics, Learning and Man–Made Disasters by Nick Pidgeon (paywall)
The Ironies of Automation by Lisanne Bainbridge
Analyzing software requirements errors in safety-critical, embedded systems by Robin Lutz (paywall)
The Seven Samurai of Systems Engineering by James Martin
My own work on specific topics that often get raised when I’m speaking or teaching:
In service safety, temporal ALARP, and operational decision making:
A.J. Rae, M. Nicholson (2009), Making Robust ALARP Decisions for In-Service Systems, 4th IET System Safety Conference, London
Should you trust humans or computers to make decisions for you?
A.J. Rae (2008), The Operator or the Automation: In Whom Should We Place Ultimate Trust?, 3rd IET International Conference on System Safety, vol., no., pp.1-6, 20-22 Oct. 2008
ALARP, MeM, GAME, GAMAB – Where do I find a reference for all these? Ignore the “solution” presented in this paper, but the summary of the existing approaches is quite good.
A.J. Rae (2007), Acceptable Residual Risk: Principles, Philosophy and Practicalities, 2nd IET System Safety Conference, London