This is the 50th ESReDA seminar on RAMS related topic. As it conducts 2 seminars per year, it implies it has conducted seminars for 25 years. World has changed a lot in the past 25 years. It is an exceptional opportunity to review the status of reliability and safety engineering disciplines by comparing the past learnings to today ones in order to predict the trends of the future.
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Several research projects and programs on system safety engineering and Quantitative Risk Analysis in the last 40 years offered very strong evidence of the crucial role that human and organizational factors (HOFs) play in major accidents. According to this increasing concern toward the relevance of HOFs in limiting safety performance of complex socio-technical systems, considerable research effort has been spent worldwide in the last couple of decades. This resulted in a quite rich literature covering areas from theoretical bases, to accident investigation methods and application to major disasters, to very sophisticated modelling approaches and techniques of HOFs in Quantitative Risk Analysis.
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