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"Swiss cheese model" of accident causation by James Reason described in the text book or access the article online . Reflect on the "Swiss cheese model" and evaluate the role of risk management in preventing accidents. Explain the implications of accidents on organizational performance.

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* "Swiss cheese model" of accident causation by James Reason described in the text book or access the article online . Reflect and evaluate the role of risk management in preventing accidents.

After reading your textbook, how would you evaluate the Swiss Cheese Model in terms of preventing accidents? According to Duke, "the holes [of the swiss cheese are] opportunities for a process to fail, and each of the slices are "defensive layers" in the process. An error may allow a problem to pass through a hole in one layer, but in the next layer the holes are in different places, and the problem should be caught. Each layer is a defense against potential error impacting the outcome."

References:
- Swiss Cheese Model - Duke University
http://patientsafetyed.duhs.duke.edu/module_e/swiss_cheese.html
- Integrating Safety into Operations - Environmental Health & Safety
www.ehs.ucr.edu/safety/systems/presentation%20handout.pdf

Reflecting upon this, we can see how risk management acts as the thick sections of slices to prevent accidents from ...

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This solution explores the "Swiss cheese model" of accident causation by James Reason described in textbooks and online. The model is discussed and evaluated in conjunction with the role of risk management in preventing accidents. Plus, the implications of accidents on organizational performance is explained, along with the relationship to the science of "cause" and "effect."

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