What’s Next After “Whack-a-Hazard” or “Whack-a-Person”?
Over the last 50 years or so, our thinking about safety has evolved considerably. It started by eliminating or “whacking” hazards. After all, if there is no hazard there is no potential for harm. It soon became obvious eliminating all hazards is not possible. So, dealing with the remaining ones became the focus. We reasoned that if people knew about the hazard and how to avoid contact with it, they would prevent incidents. This approach lead to Safety Management Systems, what