Brain Centered Hazards™ Quick Quiz


  • What was a significant root causes in the Exxon Valdez oil spill (1989)?
Workforce fatigue
The Exxon Valdez oil spill was significantly caused by workforce fatigue. Fatigue leads to decreased alertness and can impair decision-making, which in this case, contributed to the accident. Managing work schedules and ensuring adequate rest are essential for preventing such incidents.
  • What common source of stress for employees is most frequently mentioned in research?
Workload is a common source of stress for employees. Excessive workload can lead to stress, reducing productivity and increasing the likelihood of errors. It's important for organisations to balance workloads and provide support to manage stress effectively.
  • Which part of the brain is in charge most of the time, leading to automatic, reactive actions?
The Fast Brain
The Fast Brain operates most of the time, leading to automatic and reactive actions. This part of the brain helps us respond quickly to situations but can lead to errors when detailed analysis or careful decision-making is needed. Understanding the Fast Brain's role can help in designing safer work environments.
  • What was the most significant root cause of the Chernobyl disaster (1986)?
Inadequately trained personnel
Lack of proper training can lead to severe consequences, especially in complex operations like nuclear power plants. Comprehensive training and competency assessments are crucial for safety.
  • What percentage of actions performed across a day are controlled and executed in the Fast Brain?
45-50% of actions performed across a day are controlled and executed by the Fast Brain. This indicates a significant portion of our daily activities are automatic, highlighting the importance of establishing safe habits and routines.
  • How does the Fast Brain process visual information?
Through a quick, generalised "sketch" based on habit
The Fast Brain processes visual information through a quick, generalised "sketch" based on habit. This processing method can lead to oversights or errors, particularly in safety-critical situations where details matter.
  • What is the impact of just one episode of loss in deep delta-wave sleep?
Moderate to severe cognitive fatigue
Just one episode of loss in deep delta-wave sleep can lead to moderate to severe cognitive fatigue. Cognitive fatigue can impair judgment and increase the risk of errors, underscoring the importance of sleep for cognitive function and safety.
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