Otago Polytechnic

The Art of Keeping Tigers - Organisational Vulnerability Profiling: Developing a model of hazard protection measures to reflect the efforts of an organisation in managing its vulnerabilities.

Jared Kane
6 April 2020

Kane, J.E.C. (2020). The Art of Keeping Tigers - Organisational Vulnerability Profiling: Developing a model of hazard protection measures to reflect the efforts of an organisation in managing its vulnerabilities.  Abstract of a thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Master of Professional Practice.

 

The thesis presented the development of a new health and safety model for assisting organisations to manage their hazard controls and to understand potential health and safety vulnerabilities within the workplace.

In the early 1970’s, William Haddon Jnr used the analogy of a tiger to describe the nature of hazards. His works on hazard management set the scene for the thesis and its research. Thus, this project and the thesis fundamentally zeroed in on the absolute basics of the profession; hazards and hazard controls, or how we keep tigers.

Current gaps are evident between large industrial safety and occupational health and safety practices, although they are closely aligned. The Vulnerability Control Model (VCM) developed in this project attempts to bridge the gap by aligning key elements of both practices. Process engineers share many of the same goals as general OHS practitioners but yet work in an environment of design, engineering and the quantification of the probability of failure within systems they manage. The VCM aims to merge the two practices by delving into the space of process safety and occupational health and safety.

Results show that organisations analysed by their documentation are reliant on lower level administrative controls to protect their workers. The thesis discusses the potential and limitations of the Vulnerability Control Model and recommends further trials in actual workplaces.

Jared Kane's Academic Mentor was David Woodward and his Facilitator Trish Franklin.

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This thesis is not publicly available. The executive summary is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License.

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