Workplace injuries and fatalities remain a significant social and economic burden. Recent figures show that well over 600,000 workers are injured per year in Australian workplaces (Safe Work Australia, 2012). The priority areas of research for the Organisational Safety Theme focus on the application of systems thinking theory to reduce occupational accidents. They are:
- Application of systems-based methods to generate new insights into workplace safety problems and solutions for injury-prevention;
- Translation of systems-based methods into practical tools for workplace safety practitioners; and
- Development of new methods, underpinned by systems theory, to understand workplace safety problems.
Current research projects cover a range of organisational safety issues, including incident reporting and accident analysis, worker musculoskeletal disorders, and accident investigation processes and outcomes. These projects cover a broad range of workplaces, including healthcare, mining, outdoor education, air freight and road freight transportation.
- Queensland Health Bridge Labs Project
- Incident reporting and accident investigation systems
- Worker musculoskeletal disorders
- Accident and injury countermeasure development
- Reducing medication errors in Queensland hospitals
- Erin Stevens
Salmon, P. King, B . Hulme, A .Chari S. McCormack L. Tresillian M ,Bennett K ,Read G. Toward the translation of systems thinking methods in patient safety practice: Assessing the validity of Net-HARMS and AcciMap. Safety Science.
McCormack.P, Read.G, Hulme,A, Lane.B, McLean.S, Salmon.P. Using systems thinking-based risk assessment methods to assess hazardous manual tasks: a comparison of Net-HARMS, EAST-BL, FRAM and STPA. Ergonomics
Austin, E., Blakely, B., Salmon, P. M., Braithwaite, J., Clay-Williams, R. Technology in the emergency department: Using cognitive work analysis to model and design sustainable systems. Safety Science,Volume 147, March 2022, 105613.
King, B., Read, G. J. M., Salmon, P. M. Clear and present danger? Applying ecological interface design to develop an aviation risk management interface. Applied Ergonomics, Volume 99, February 2022, 103643.
Austin.E, Blakely,B. Salmon, P. Braithwaite,J. Clay-Williams, R. (2021) The scope for adaptive capacity in Emergency Departments: Modelling performance constraints using Control Task Analysis and Social Organisational Cooperation Analysis. Ergonomics
Newnam, S., Goode, N., Read, G. J. R., Salmon, P. M. (2021). Systems-thinking in action: Results from implementation and evaluation of the Patient Handling Injuries Review of Systems Toolkit. Safety Science, 134, 105086
Austin, E., Blakely, B., Salmon, P., Braithwaite, J., & Clay-Williams, R. (2021). Identifying Constraints on Everyday Clinical Practice: Applying Work Domain Analysis to Emergency Department Care. Human Factors. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018720821995668