There is a lot of talk about measuring safety. Easier said than done. Before starting to measure, one needs to know what one is measuring. How you define safety will determine what you measure and how you measure. Let us illustrate the problem with three quite common views on safety. As you will see, none of them covers the subject entirely and all have advantages and disadvantages.
Today, companies are faced with ever increasing complexity. On the one hand, companies themselves are complex, socio-technical systems, and on the other hand, they are embedded in a complex environment with numerous known and unknown factors. How can an organization successfully keep up with these constantly increasing demands? Findings from High Reliability Organizations (HRO) can help to successfully master this challenge.