Human Behavior in Hazardous Situations

1st Edition

Best Practice Safety Management in the Chemical and Process Industries

Authors: Jan Daalmans
Paperback ISBN: 9780124072091
eBook ISBN: 9780124072220
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 30th October 2012
Page Count: 214
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Human Behavior in Hazardous Situations introduces a new generation within safety management, fully developed with neuropsychological insights, developed in collaboration with, and put to test by, the chemical and process industries. Until now, there has been little theoretical framework on how, and especially why, people behave the way they do in hazardous situations.

Human Behavior in Hazardous Situations presents new theories, based on a human behavioral approach, to offer a fresh perspective on safety management. By way of case studies, practical tips and exercises, Dr Jan Daalmans demonstrates how this neuropsychological approach can be applied for those safety managers working in the Chemical, Process and Pharmaceutical industries.

Key Features

  • Presents new brain-based approaches to safety, with a historical perspective on the evolution of the safety management.
  • Practical tips and guidance for those working in the chemical and process industries.
  • Including exercises and case studies to demonstrate the practical application of techniques.


Safety and Loss Prevention Specialists; Industrial Hygienists. Chemical Engineers, Process Engineers, Mechanical Engineers.

Table of Contents


General Introduction to This Book

Approach and Main Questions

Perspective on Human Behavior

The Structure of This Book

Part 1. Safety in Perspective

Chapter 1. Evolution of Safety Management

1.1 Safety Management Level 1

1.2 Safety Management Level 2

1.3 Safety Management Level 3

1.4 Safety Management Level 4

1.5 Summary

Tips for Transfer

Chapter 2. Evolution of Brain and Risk

2.1 Stage 1, from 300 Million to 200 Million Years Ago—The Development of the Basic Brain

2.2 Stage 2, from 200 Million to 2.5 Million Years Ago—The Development of the Emotional Brain

2.3 Stage 3, from 2.5 Million to 10 Thousand Years Ago—The Development of the Modern Brain

2.4 Stage 4, from 10 Thousand to 200 Years Ago—The Development of Risk Tolerance

2.5 Stage 5, the Last 200 Years—The Sudden Increase of New Dangers

2.6 Conscious and Nonconscious

2.7 Combining the Topic of Consciousness and the Three Parts of the Brain

2.8 Where in the Brain?

2.9 Summary

Tips for Transfer

Part 2. Risk and Safety in a Neuropsychological Perspective

Chapter 3. Risk Sensitivity: The Perception of Risks

3.1 Creating Risk Sensitivity

3.2 Reducing Risk Sensitivity

3.3 The Combined Effect of Newness and Sensitivity

3.4 Where in the Brain?

3.5 Summary

Tips for Transfer

Chapter 4. Risk Understanding: Knowing Risks

4.1 Enhancing Risk Understanding

4.2 The Development of Risk Understanding

4.3 Combining Newness, Sensitivity, and Awareness

4.4 Where in the Brain?

4.5 Summary

Tips for Transfer

Chapter 5. Safety Intuition: The Nonconscious Guide to Safety

5.1 Why Safety Always Needs Effort: Unbalances in the Feedback System of Safety Behavior

5.2 Gut Feeli


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About the Author

Jan Daalmans

Affiliations and Expertise

Daalmans Organizational Development, Netherlands