Special Issue "Operational Safety Economics: Challenges and Advances in Methods and Applications in the Process Industries"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Genserik Reniers
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Safety and Security Science Section, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: engineering risk analysis and risk management; domino effects; safety management; security management; risk assessment; threat assessment
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Dr. Ming Yang
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Guest Editor
Safety and Security Science Section, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Interests: process safety; offshore safety; risk assessment and management; environmental management; resilience engineering
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Operational safety, linked with all operations of an organization, results from a series of complex choices within the organization. Economic issues are inevitably associated with these choices and thus indirectly affect operational safety. Bridging the gap between safety and microeconomics generates a new important research field called operational safety economics, which deals with optimal economic assessment concerning operational safety.  New knowledge from this field can help to develop methodologies to measure the monetary value of safety and achieve a tradeoff between safety and other goals of an organization. While the opportunities are evident, the challenges are also enormous. Some cost data are not available for economic assessment. Indirect costs are difficult to calculate. Limited theories and principles are known to include moral and ethical aspects in safety-related economic assessments. Psychological biases may present additional difficulties. Multiple stakeholders are usually involved in multicriteria operational safety-related choices. This Special Issue aims to consolidate the literature solving the problems mentioned above but not limited to them. Papers addressing the topics relevant to operational safety economics are invited, especially those with practical application to the process industries. 

Prof. Genserik Reniers
Dr. Ming Yang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • safety economics
  • accident cost
  • operational risk

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Digital Technologies in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry—A Bibliometric—Qualitative Literature Review of Research Activities
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 6135; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18116135 - 06 Jun 2021
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Digital technologies (DTs) are proven helpful in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry due to their varied benefits to project stakeholders, such as enhanced visualization, better data sharing, reduction in building waste, increased productivity, sustainable performance and safety improvement. Therefore, researchers have [...] Read more.
Digital technologies (DTs) are proven helpful in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry due to their varied benefits to project stakeholders, such as enhanced visualization, better data sharing, reduction in building waste, increased productivity, sustainable performance and safety improvement. Therefore, researchers have conducted various studies on DTs in the AEC industry over the year; however, this study explores the state-of-the-art research on DTs in the AEC industry by means of a bibliometric-qualitative review method. This research would uncover new knowledge gaps and practical needs in the domain of DTs in the AEC industry. In addition, bibliometric analysis was carried out by utilizing academic publications from Scopus (i.e., 11,047 publications for the AEC industry, 1956 for DTs and 1778 for DTs in the AEC industry). Furthermore, a qualitative review was further conducted on 200 screened selected research publications in the domain of DTs. This study brings attention to the body of knowledge by envisioning trends and patterns by defining key research interests, journals, countries, new advancements, challenges, negative attitudes and future directions towards DTs in the AEC industry. However, this study is the first in its vital importance and uniqueness by providing a broad updated review of DTs in the AEC literature. Furthermore, this research laid a foundation for future researchers, policy makers and practitioners to explore the limitations in future research. Full article
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