Title: Enhancing Safety: the Challenge of Foresight
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC111103
ISBN: 978-92-79-98156-2 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29488 EN
OP KJ-NA-29488-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC111103
DOI: 10.2760/713354
Type: Books
Abstract: We live in a world where advancement in technology coupled with human’s creative and innovative mind has led to the design of safer and better performing infrastructures (nuclear power plants, chemical process plants, high speed trains, spaceplanes, etc.), which are necessary for modern society. However, due to the interconnected socio-economic and technological landscape that is rapidly evolving, safety continues to have many new challenges (known unknowns, unknown unknowns) that add onto changed variants of the old challenges (e.g. modified knowns). Additionally, governance and legislation can be slow to catch up with this dynamic pace of change. At times, overregulation can occur, resulting in a significant resource investment towards compliance for existing infrastructure operators or for aspiring start-ups that would like to enter the market, but end up struggling or even abandoning the sector. Inspired by this background, the European Safety and Reliability Data Association’s Foresight in Safety Project Group prepared the 53rd ESReDA seminar with a purpose to launch an open dialogue with stakeholders in the safety arena. Thus, by providing an open forum where experiences in foresight in safety approaches from different sectors could be shared, cross-fertilisation of ideas, such as how foresight could be mainstreamed into safety practice in a more consistent manner, could be discussed. The project group will build on this rich compendium of experiences in its future endeavours.
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