About Ming Yang
Dr. Ming Yang is Assistant Professor of Safety and Security Science at TU Delft. His multi-disciplinary background in chemical engineering, environmental system engineering, and safety science leads his research to the fields of chemical process safety, marine transportation safety, and environmental management. His recent research focuses on quantitative resilience assessment, and AI in process safety and asset integrity management. He is Associate Editor of ACS Chemical Health and Safety, Editor of Journal of Safety in Extreme Environments, Editorial Board Member of Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. He was listed as Elsevier BV database of 2020 top-scientists.
Value of Safety: current status and the way forward
We witness many severe accidents in different sectors worldwide every year, resulting in fatalities, injuries, environmental pollution, property loss, etc. Safety management aims to use interventions to prevent these undesired events and thus avoid different kinds of loss. Various interventions that have different safety performances and costs are available for managers; one safety intervention may have multiple functions, such as avoiding fatalities and protecting the environment. As a result, we need to know the value of safety when deciding on investment in interventions. To support decision-making on safety management, the Safety & Security Science Group in Delft University of Technology (TUD) conducted a project on the value of safety to get insight into the values considered in the context of safety. Four research questions have been answered, as follows: i) what are the values of safety? ii) what methods are used to measure the value of safety? iii) what are the limitations of past research? And what gaps have been identified? iv) what is the roadmap for future safety management? This presentation will discuss the primary findings of the project and also invite people to shift from risk-based to resilience-based thinking in safety practice.