Swiss Cheese model

For those who have the image of a pretty blonde dairymaid bob up in their minds, who is posing with a big wheel of cheese next to a cow, in front of a beautiful backdrop of the Swiss alps, when they hear the words “Swiss Cheese model”, you are on the wrong track. In fact, according to Wikipedia, the “Swiss Cheese model of accident causation is a model used in risk analysis and risk management, including aviation, engineering, healthcare, etc.”

I don’t want to go into too much detail here, but the basic essence of this model seems to be: If you want to be safe, get cheese with tiny holes and cut it into many layers. Or something along those lines.

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One comment on “Swiss Cheese model
  1. reynard61 says:

    I had to take a work safety course that demonstrated this with circular pieces of wood that had holes of varying sizes “randomly” drilled into them and attached with a nut and bolt a the center with ball bearings in between that let the instructor physically demonstrate the principle with a pencil or other stick-like implement.

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