Enabling safer design via an improved understanding of knowledge-related hazards; a role for cross-disciplinarity

Publisher:
Institution of Engineers Australia
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 2009, 15 (3), pp. 117 - 127
Issue Date:
2009-01
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Many accidents arise from knowledge-related hazards. These hazards can lead to catastrophic industrial disasters and 'routine' harm. AN example of a knowledge-related hazard is knowledge-loss due to employee turnover. It is proposed that safe design requires expertise relating to these and other hazards, even though such hazards are ordinarily associated with non-engineering disciplines. However, rather than trying to enable each designed to achieve expertise in all of the relevant disciplines, it is proposed that curricula might place greater emphasis on enabling the ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams.
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