Table 3: Questions for Human Risk Factor Analysis.


A. Organizational Influences

1) The decisions, rules, or policies of The School of Dentistry contributed to your injury.

2) The allocation of clinical instructors/support staff or equipment, or lack thereof, contributed to your injury.

3) The lack of focus on safety by the school, faculty, or support staff contributed to your injury.

B. Supervision

4) Inadequate training, professional guidance, or an oversight by the clinical instructors/or staff contributed to your injury.

5)  An issue with clinic scheduling or clinic assignment of work contributed to your injury.

6) Failure of a clinical instructor or support staff to address operator deficiencies, or equipment problems, contributed to your injury

7)  The disregard by clinical instructors or support staff of Dalhousie Dentistry protocol or professional rules and regulations has contributed to your injury.

C. Preconditions for Unsafe Acts

8) Psychological state, including excessive fatigue, stress, distraction, or personal conflict contributed to your injury.

9)  Physiological state, including illness or prior injury, contributed to your injury.

10)   The physical environment (including technological/equipment malfunctions) in the clinic or your cubical contributed to the injury.

11)  Lack of preparation for clinic procedures today contributed to your injury.

D. Unsafe Act

12)  The injury occurred because of a decision error due to your lack of information, knowledge or experience

13)  Even though this task was familiar to you, the injury occurred because of an error in your sensory perception (ie. vision, hearing, smell, or touch).

14)  The injury occurred because you thought you could “bend the rules”.

15)  The injury occurred because you knowingly violated clinic procedures and protocol.

*Adapted from Diller et al. [18]