About the book (Volume I)
Wide Research Group team
,occupational health and disaster management together are for the first
time brought in a format where they provide guidelines for the design,
engineering and management for the major industries like oil and gas,
steel, cement, aluminum, coal and nuclear power ,construction ,mining
and metallurgical plants. As the integration in engineering and
management of different core industries is taking place, as part of
industrial evolution, it is now important to see them in a holistic
manner .These two volumes bring in the mix of the conventional and
evolutionary tracks of safety, workplace health and disaster management
for the safekeeping of the industry. The topics include: human and
organizational biases, causes, consequences, factors, learning,
prevention, risk assessment, occupational health, reporting and many
others. Also included are the appendices that provide list of facilities
for workers’ health and safety measurement and reporting standards, and
Fukushima plant’s disaster report that bolster the theory that
negligence and lack of preparedness and routine cause maximum avoidable
accidents and disasters. This book in 2 volumes has been developed to
make the industries safe, safety conscious and ethical in treatment.
This work has been
completed under the initiative of Wide Research Group ( WRG) team . The
conceptualization, material preparation and editing were done by the
members of the Wide Research Group formed for this purpose .
Book Content :
the last few decades’ industrial safety, workers’ health and disaster
management have been getting increasing attention due to myriad of
reasons: some because of systemic and engineering deficiencies, some
because of increasing incidences of human error, or some because of lack
of or diffused responsibility in the workplace. As the speedy execution
for improved efficiency has been the buzzword in all industries,
industrial safety has been a casualty. With contract workers entering
into the general workforce in increasing number their welfare have been
at stake-thus increasingly their vulnerability to accidents and injury,
and even leading to disaster. While at one time there was a dominant
thinking that improved engineering can help improve safety, today human
errors that give rise to avoidable accidents and disasters are in great
focus. Much after the damning reports of human negligence in the case of
Fukushima Nuclear disaster, or crash that led to the loss of an Air
France flight over the Atlantic in June 2009 and the deaths of 228
people, that are attributed to Airbus A330's ergonomics, technical
failure and human error. So aspects of safety and disaster can not be
touted as a developing or under-developed world’s problem, it is still
as much a developed world’s problem. The underpinning is that dynamics
of safety, occupational health and disasters are such that constant
vigil, training, ethical treatment and application have to be made part
of the systems and engineering on a continuous basis. Further, in most
parts of the world industrial accidents involve the poor and
disenfranchised people who for economic reasons take up unsafe jobs. In
the recent years , the risk of these accidents have increased manifold
due to media pressure, stoppage of work and the demands for compensation
–all jeopardizing reputation and enforcing loss of license, protracted
litigation and huge cost. In all kinds of organizations, safety
preparedness can no longer be externalized , can no longer be considered
as mere cost, but has to be internalized, integrated and should be
taken as investment ahead of cost. The two volumes of the book try to
put together the latest developments in safety, occupational health and
disaster management taking place around the world and across the major
Volume 1 :
CHAPTER 1 : EFFECTS OF HUMAN AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHOICES ON THE MANAGEMENT OF SAFETY.
CHAPTER 2 : INDUSTRIAL DISASTERS: CAUSES, FACTORS, LEARNING AND PREVENTION.
CHAPTER 3 : CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF ACCIDENTS AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLAN.
CHAPTER 4 : INTRODUCTION TO RISK ASSESSMENT AND SAFETY ORGANIZATION : SPECIAL REFERENCES TO CASES.
CHAPTER 5 : PROCESS RELIABILITY, IDENTIFICATION OF SYSTEM HAZARDS, HUMAN RELIABILITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT.
CHAPTER 6 : DISASTER AND ORGANIZATION DISASTER: RESPONSE, FAILURE AND SURVIVAL.
CHAPTER 7 : OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT.
CHAPTER 8 : COMPONENT OF VARIOUS TYPE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY.
CHAPTER 9 : NATIONAL POLICY ON SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT AT WORK PLACE.
CHAPTER 10 : HAZARD, RISK AND DISASTER IN OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY: THE PROGRESS MADE.
CHAPTER 11: ASPECTS OF RISK AND SAFETY ENGINEERING : SPECIAL REFERENCE TO NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS BASED PROTOCOLS.
CHAPTER 12 : RISK ASSESSMENT AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLAN : IN A REBAR MILL & FERRO CHROME PLANT.