A role for human reliability analysis (HRA) in preventing drinking water incidents and securing safe drinking water

Wu, Shaomin, Hrudey, Steve E., French, Simon, Bedford, Tim, Soane, Emma, Pollard, Simon J. T. (2009) A role for human reliability analysis (HRA) in preventing drinking water incidents and securing safe drinking water. Water Research, 43 (13). pp. 3227-3238. ISSN 0043-1354. (doi:10.1016/j.watres.2009.04.040)

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Abstract

The prevalence of water quality incidents and disease outbreaks suggests an imperative to analyse and understand the roles of operators and organisations in the water supply system. One means considered in this paper is through human reliability analysis (HRA). We classify the human errors contributing to 62 drinking water accidents occurring in affluent countries from 1974 to 2001; define the lifecycle of these incidents; and adapt Reason’s ‘Swiss cheese’ model for drinking water safety. We discuss the role of HRA in human error reduction and drinking water safety and propose a future research agenda for human error reduction in the water sector.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.04.040
Projects: [1] Costs and Outcomes in Children's Social Care (PID 364)
Uncontrolled keywords: human reliability analysis, human error, Swiss cheese model, drinking water safety, risk, analysis, management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Depositing User: Shaomin Wu
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2014 14:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37713 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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