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Safety in an Uncertain World. Leah Soroka Director of S&T Foresight and Science Promotion Health Canada. What is Safety?.  freedom from danger, risk, or injury . The Evolving Perceptions of Safety Past, Present and Future . The changing perception of danger, risk and injury.

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safety in an uncertain world

Safety in an Uncertain World

Leah Soroka

Director of S&T Foresight and Science Promotion

Health Canada

what is safety
What is Safety?

 freedom from

danger, risk, or injury

the changing perception of danger risk and injury
The changing perception of danger, risk and injury
  • Moving from physical to mental work (stress)
    • Increased psychosocial issues (work/life, sandwich generation, keeping pace with changing tech)
    • Work place illness from inactivity; consequences of inactivity
    • Moving from quantifiable to qualitative
  • Moving from validating products to systems approach
    • From strict S&T to safety systems
    • Cumulative impact of systems
  • Moving from regimented to flexible
    • Moving from prescription to outcome based
    • Moving from risk management (probability) to uncertainty
changed perceptions of danger risk and injury change the concept of life
Changed perceptions of danger, risk and injury change the Concept of Life

3 main domain influences:

  • Society and work organization
    • Working hours to work best part of the day, 24/7 movement
  • Management and technology
    • Connected remotely
  • Environment
    • Cumulative impacts, enabling environment
    • Glocalization

Each element influences the other…therefore a systems approach is required

how to manage the transition
How to Manage the Transition…

From: Physical to Mental work; Products to Systems; and Regimented to Flexible

  • Decision support systems (ubiquitous sensing, computer capacity, nanosensors)
    • Legacy systems – Watson
    • Real-time communication networks- Motorola 4G Networks
  • Systems focus
    • Danger, risk and injury from multi-sector approach
  • Flexibility and Experimentation
    • Solutions oriented regulation- guidelines and rules
  • S&T assist and support entire system
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