March 2018

Environment and Safety

Combating normalization of deviance within your organization

NASA’s 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster investigation brought the term “normalization of deviance” into the spotlight.

Caudill, J., Contributing Writer

NASA’s 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster investigation brought the term “normalization of deviance” into the spotlight. What is normalization of deviance (NoD)? The formal definition is a long-term phenomenon in which a lower standard of safety is accepted until that lower standard becomes accepted as the norm. Another way to look at it is accepting small incremental deviations that seem harmless at the time they occur, but their cumulative effects result in a significant negative outcome. To improve our resistance to falling victim to this dangerous impediment, we must be mindful of seven major deviations of NoD, which we hardheartedly call the “Seven Deadly Sins,” which are not to be

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