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Document ID (ISN)104782
CIS number 06-262
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) van der Schaaf T., Kanse L.
Title Biases in incident reporting databases: An empirical study in the chemical process industry
Bibliographic information Jan. 2004, Vol.42, No.1, p.57-67. Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract The extent to which incident reporting schemes truly capture a representative sample of actual events remains a topic of debate. While this has led several researchers to provide organizational design guidelines for implementing such schemes, much less is known about the individual reporter's perspective. Based on a literature survey and a diary study in which chemical plant operators reported events involving recovery from their own errors, together with reasons why they would or would not normally report these events, six categories of reasons for not reporting were identified. The distribution of the diary study events over these categories highlighted a difference between the operator and management with respect to their perception of the importance of successfully recovered events with no remaining consequences or events considered to be nothing new. This difference should be addressed by communicating the learning potential of these types of events.
Descriptors (primary) dangerous occurrences; human factors; notification of occupational accidents; chemical industry
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; disobeying safety instructions; computerized data bases; human failure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s)
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Notification of accidents and diseases
Chemical industry
Reporting of occupational accidents
Psychological factors