Engineering a Safer World

Engineering a Safer World

Engineering has experienced a technological revolution, but the basic engineering techniques applied in safety and reliability engineering, created in a simpler, analog world, have changed very little over the years. In this groundbreaking book Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety, Nancy Leveson proposes a new approach to safety—more suited to today’s complex, sociotechnical, software-intensive world—based on modern systems thinking and systems theory.


She applies the new techniques to real-world events including the friendly-fire loss of a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter in the first Gulf War; the Vioxx recall; the U.S. Navy SUBSAFE program; and the bacterial contamination of a public water supply in a Canadian town. Leveson’s approach is relevant even beyond safety engineering, offering techniques for “reengineering” any large sociotechnical system to improve safety and manage risk.

Table of Contents

  • Why Do We Need Something Different?
  • Questioning the Foundations of Traditional Safety Engineering
  • Systems Theory and Its Relationship to Safety
  • A Systems-Theoretic View of Causality
  • A Friendly Fire Accident
  • Engineering and Operating Safer Systems Using STAMP
  • Fundamentals
  • STPA: A New Hazard Analysis Technique
  • Safety-Guided Design
  • Integrating Safety into System Engineering
  • Analyzing Accidents and Incidents (CAST)
  • Controlling Safety during Operations
  • Managing Safety and the Safety Culture
  • SUBSAFE: An Example of a Successful Safety Program

Book Details

Author(s): Nancy G. Leveson
Publisher: MIT Press
Format(s): PDF, Online
File size: 9.29 MB
Number of pages: 555
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