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Techniques of Safety Management A systems approach 3rd edn by D. Petersen Aloray Inc. New York (1989). 414 pages

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was one? Did a different author write (edit?) each chapter? It reads as a very
coherent volume and has obviously had a guiding hand.
In 1989 the CCPS published the Guidelines for Technical Management of
Chemical Process Safety, this work developed a model for a safety management
system characterized by 12 elements. The subject of this book is one of those
elements, namely audits and corrective actions. The first three chapters provide
guidance for management of the audit program. The next nine chapters discuss the
auditing of the elements in a comprehensiveprocess safety management system.
The main problem with this book is that it is lacking examples of the
implementation of such a system, or case studies. It is as the title states:
"Guidelines". It contains checklists, flowcharts, lists of factors to consider, etc., a
wealth of useful information. It is a reference source, but it does not make for
particularly interesting reading. Some practical examples would have been a
welcome addition. The danger of presenting guidelines is that people may be
tempted not to look beyond them at the needs and conditions applying to the
particular system. As Kletz pointed out (see review above) we need to get people to
use the knowledge already available. One final point, the price of El06 for 163
pages seems rather steep! It will hardly be surprising (although of course not
condoned) if the copyright pirates take the illegal photocopying alternative at about
10% of the cost.
Martyn S. Ray
Techniques of Safety Management: A systems approach, 3rd edn, by D.
Petersen, Aloray Inc, New York (1989). 414 pages. ISBN 0-913690-14-7.
Safety Management: A human approach, 2nd edn, by D. Petersen, Aloray Inc,
New York (1988). 380 pages. ISBN 0-913690-12-0.
These are companion volumes, and Figure 1.1 in the Introduction to the first book
shows the integration of the material between the two volumes. The first book
(previous editions in 1971 and 1978) is divided into five sections (plus appendices)
covering Safety Concepts; Managing Safety; Proactive, Reactive and Other System
Elements (3 separate sections). The second book contains six parts (plus
appendices) covering Motivation: The Company: The Safety System; and other
topics.
The books are well written, they are informative and contain a wealth of
information, and they concentrate on principles and concepts. But why aren't they
more interesting reading? Mainly because they lack the case study elements that
make other texts and journal papers so fascinating. These books are the classic rexts,
but compared to the short concise writings of Kletz they are not going to be so
widely read or enjoyed. Kletz provides examples and situations and gets the reader
to consider actions, results and effects - and possible ways to avoid problems. These
books do the same but the examples are missing, and that is the main problem.
There is nothing essentially wrong with these books, they would make good
student reading as they are written at the correct level for a wide readership in terms
of abilities and experience. The price is also quite reasonable at f42.50 and f38.50
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