Safety 4900 High Risk Technology


Hi Class,

Here is the new information on the class: High Risk Technologies. I’ve included the slides from the first week, and the book. As I mentioned in several emails, the book is Human Safety and Risk Management, 2 ed, by Ian Glendon. I actually received an email from Dr. Glendon about this book. I included the information here. Other books that could be useful but not required are the National Safety Council Book ” Accident Prevention Manual”, 9th ed and “Normal Accidents” by Charles Perrow. (You knew I couldn’t just have one book, right?). In the text (of Human Safety and Risk Management), please read chapter 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9. Chapter 6 has the behavior models. Chapter 1 will provide an overview for the course.

The assignments are 2 papers and the behavior model we’ll discuss in class. The papers are on high risk technologies (current data), 5-7 pages. Please don’t repeat a topic from the IH course.  The behavior model is due at the end of the course.  If you have questions, please let me know.

Thanks again for enrolling in this course, I think you’ll enjoy it. I plan on making the course interesting and fun.

Dave Barber


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5 Responses to Safety 4900 High Risk Technology

  1. dbarber59 says:

    Dear Dave

    Many thanks for your kind comments on our book. While it was not specifically designed as a course text (unlike the first edition), we are delighted that you are able to use it with your graduate class.

    As the Health Belief Model is a widely-used approach to behavior change, there is a considerable literature available – we only cite a small fraction of this in our book. Therefore, I’m not sure best how to answer your query. If the class is amenable to a participatory approach, then one option would be to present the model and get the students to develop a program of behavior change based on the HBM, including how they propose to evaluate any change that had occurred as a result of the proposed intervention/s. This approach could employ the model as a learning tool.

    On pp. 213-218 of our book there are some examples of behavior change programs, which although not specifically based upon the HBM, there are elements of HBM variables in there. Perhaps these could be used as illustrations of how to develop behavior change programs in practice, which your students could then apply within their own organizations? For lecture material you could start by following up our references, but a broadly-based search would deliver many more examples of the use of the HBM.

    I’ll copy this response to my co-authors in case they have any further thoughts on your question.

    Kind regards.


    A/Prof Ian Glendon
    School of Psychology
    Gold Coast Campus
    Griffith University
    QLD 4222
    + 61 7 5552 8964

    Check out the 2nd edition of Human Safety and Risk Management (2006) at:

    For details of Advances in Organisational Psychology (2007) see:

  2. Dave Barber says:

    Check out this video on Safety Culture. We will be talking about this in class.


  3. Dave barber says:

    Here are the slides for the 2nd weekend. Also, I will be including some websites that can be helpful.


  4. Dave barber says:

    The slides for the 2nd week will be posted soon. I’ll also include website information.


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