An ontological and semantic foundation for safety science

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Abstract

This article proposes an ontological and semantic foundation for safety science, based on an etymological and etiological study of the concepts of risk and safety. The awareness regarding the concepts of safety and risk have both evolved in similar ways because of increasingly more demanding situations and events that impact society in an economic way, also linked to the value of human lives. From a purely negative view on risk and safety, this awareness has grown into a more systemic and even holistic perspective on these concepts. The proposed foundation is aligned with the semantics and concepts used in the ISO 31000 risk management standard. Based on this foundation, the article also advocates a theoretical model and a metaphor on how to look at safety and performance in any organization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety and Reliability - Safe Societies in a Changing World - Proceedings of the 28th International European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2018
EditorsCoen van Gulijk, Stein Haugen, Anne Barros, Jan Erik Vinnem, Trond Kongsvik
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema - Taylor & Francis Group
Pages3157-3166
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780815386827
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event28th International European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2018 - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 17 Jun 201821 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference28th International European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2018
CountryNorway
CityTrondheim
Period17/06/1821/06/18

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