The evolution and design of safety management systems

  • John C. Kingston-Howlett

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Research in safety management has been inhibited by lack of consensus as to the definitions of the terms with which it is concerned and, in general, the lack of an agreed theoretical framework within which to collate and contrast empirical findings. This thesis sets out definitions of key terms (hazard, risk, accident, incident and safety) and provides a theoretical framework. This framework has been informed by many sources but especially the Management Oversight and Risk Tree (MORT), cybernetics and the Viable System Model (VSM). Fieldwork designs are proposed for the empirical development of an analytical framework and its use to assist study of the development of safety management in organisations.
Date of Award1996
Original languageEnglish


  • evolution
  • design
  • safety management systems

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