Learning from incidents seminar 5: Linking research and practice in learning from incidents, 11 June 2015, London

April 30, 2015

‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning from Incidents’ (IP-LFI) ESRC Seminar Series

11 June 2015, 10am-5pm (registration from 9:30am)

British Safety Council, 70 Chancellors Road, London W6 9RS (Hammersmith)

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You are invited to join an interdisciplinary group of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from across Europe to explore how organisations can learn effectively from incidents across different sectors: energy, health, finance, construction and further afield.

So far this seminar series has explored key issues and gaps in the field of learning from incidents and has devised a set of preliminary research questions for an interdisciplinary R&D agenda (Seminar 1); examined various theoretical perspectives (Seminar 2) and methodological approaches (Seminar 3) to learning from incidents, from a range of disciplines across Engineering, Social and Life Sciences; and discussed examples and issues from policy and practice perspectives (Seminar 4).

In this fifth seminar we shall discuss how to strengthen the link between research and practice in learning from incidents (LFI). How could researchers, practitioners and policymakers collaborate to advance learning from incidents? What models and frameworks could effectively facilitate cooperation between these different stakeholders? What are the key priorities in learning from incidents and what could researchers do to help practitioners and policymakers improve LFI? How can LFI research be best communicated to practitioners and policymakers?

These questions will be addressed through the keynote talks and group discussions at this seminar. The keynote speakers are:

  • Dr Ritva Engeström, Senior Researcher, Centre for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsinki, Finland: “Change Laboratory and Developmental Work Research”
  • Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, Director of the Complexity Research Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK: “Addressing complex problems through collaboration: A complexity theory approach”
  • Professor Lasse Gerrits, Chair in Governance of Complex and Innovative Technological Systems, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany: “Back to normal: Generating resilience in complex systems”

Participation is free. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Registration is required. To register for the seminar, please go to: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16547197112/

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Call for abstracts: Human factors application in major hazard industries, 6-7 October 2015

April 2, 2015

The deadline has been extended to submit an abstract for this biennial two-day conference, which returns in 2015 and will explore the practical application of human factors in the management of major accident hazards (MAH) in the energy and allied process industries. The event will focus on two key themes:

  • Assuring human factors performance: How can we ensure high performance through human and organisational factors?
  • Preventing incidents before they happen: How can we effectively investigate and analyse incidents and embed learning. How can we prevent incidents before they occur?

This conference, organised by the Energy Institute (EI)’s Human and Organisational Factors committee and the Stichting Tripod Foundation, will enable the learning and sharing of good practice between companies and industries, and offers excellent networking opportunities with delegates from around the world representing operating companies, suppliers, consultancies, and academia.

Call for abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract has been extended until 30 April 2015. Don’t miss this final opportunity to put forward your submission for an oral or poster presentation on the following key topics:

Assuring human factors performance:

  • Competence assurance
  • Non-technical skills and crew resource management (CRM)
  • Alarm handling
  • Risk analysis
  • Fatigue management
  • Other topics will be considered

Preventing incidents before they happen:

  • Safety culture
  • Human and organisational factors in Bow Tie diagrams
  • Embedding learning from incidents
  • Quality incident analysis
  • Other topics will be considered

To submit your contribution you will need to:

  • prepare an abstract of up to 500 words on the topic you intend to present in Microsoft Word format
  • indicate the presenter and co-authors with their affiliation and contact details
  • submit the abstract to Stuart King: e: sking@energyinst.org;

Submissions will be evaluated by the organising committee and successful entrants will be notified shortly after the submission deadline. Final deadline for abstract submission is Thursday 30 April 2015.

Sponsorship

A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For details please contact Luigi Fontana: e: lfontana@energyinst.org;


Learning from incidents seminar series

June 16, 2014

Effective learning from incidents (LFI) is critical for employees’ safety and environmental protection. Yet little is known about what constitutes ‘effective’ LFI and how to achieve it. Here, Glasgow Caledonian University’s Anoush Margaryan and Allison Littlejohn, and the Energy Institute’s Stuart King, explain.

Learning from incidents (LFI) is important across a range of industries and is relevant for professional and government bodies and third-sector organisations concerned about health and safety. Industrial incidents cause injury, loss of life and environmental degradation – of particular concern to major hazard industries like the energy industry. However, after incident investigation has taken place, LFI initiatives tend to focus too much on the dissemination of information, assuming that access to incident-related information will lead to organisational learning and behavioural change. Yet research into adult learning demonstrates that access to information does not necessarily lead to learning. To learn effectively, people and organisations must have opportunities for reflection and making sense of information by relating and integrating it within their everyday work context.

LFI initiatives in organisations seldom integrate reflection and sense-making opportunities. A key problem is that LFI has been limited to safety science and engineering. Theories and insights from adult learning and other relevant social sciences have seldom been applied to LFI. Also, integration of research and practice in LFI has been poor. To improve our understanding of LFI, an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral approach bringing together scholars from relevant disciplines with stakeholders from the industry, professional bodies and the government is critical. To address these gaps, an international seminar series – ‘Inter-disciplinary perspectives on learning from incidents’ – is currently being organised. The first of its kind in the world, the series brings together practitioners and policymakers with scholars from a range of disciplines to provide new learning approaches and change methods that can be applied by organisations to improve health and safety across a range of industries. The seminar series is led by the Caledonian Academy, a research centre for Technology-enhanced Professional Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University (http://www.gcu.ac.uk/academy/), in collaboration with scholars from the universities of Aberdeen, Southampton, Edinburgh and Loughborough (UK), Trento (Italy), Helsinki (Finland), and Valencia (Spain), as well as stakeholders from the private and public sectors including senior representatives from the UK’s Energy Institute, the British Safety Council and the Health and Safety Executive. These people represent a range of disciplines spanning adult and organisational learning, sociology, industrial psychology and human factors engineering. Businesses represented within the seminars come from the energy, construction, transport, healthcare and finance sectors and include BP, ConocoPhillips, Costain Group, E.ON, Phillips66, Pinsent Masons and TC Global.

Seminar objectives

The aims of the seminar series are to:

  • Bring together scholars, practitioners and policymakers in order to advance the theory and methodology of LFI and to inject fresh conceptual ideas and innovative methods into the current approaches to LFI.
  • Facilitate a mutual learning process and the joint development of ideas across different disciplines, between researchers and key stakeholders from industry, professional bodies, the third sector and the government.
  • Strengthen the relationship between theory, practice and policy in LFI, ultimately in order to inform organisational strategies for better LFI.
  • Develop an inter-disciplinary research and development agenda in LFI, by providing the networking for industry-academia collaborations in this area, in order to bolster the UK performance in health and safety.
  • Disseminate awareness of research on LFI to a wide range of industries, organisations and policymakers and bring about the impact of research in LFI.

The seminar series will have an anticipated short- to medium-term impact through participants’ exposure to innovative, inter-disciplinary insights from a range of fields they do not yet engage in, triggering novel applications within their own context. Joint knowledge development by industry and policy executives with scholars means that the knowledge has a solid practical and theoretical basis, improving the likelihood of adoption and application of research in real-world settings. Anticipated longterm impacts include enhancement of the health and well-being of employees; improved economic performance, through enhanced individual, group and organisational LFI; and increased effectiveness of LFI policy, through better-quality conceptualisation and research-based evidence. The final outputs include a roadmap for future research and development in LFI, and an edited book with LFI case studies from the private and public sector alongside research-focused contributions.

Upcoming 2014–2015 Seminars

  • 15 October 2014, University of Southampton: LFI Methodologies
  • February 2015, Energy Institute, London: Practice and policy in LFI
  • June 2015, British Safety Council, London: Research-practice nexus in LFI
  • October 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University: LFI roadmap

Seminars are free to attend thanks to financial support from the UK Economic and Social Research Council. For further details and to register visit http://lfiseminars.ning.com/


Hearts and Minds training course: 4 – 6 March 2014

January 14, 2014

The EI is running a 3-day training course, ‘Delivering safety culture change using the Hearts and Minds toolkit’, in London, 4 – 6 March 2014.


This interactive training course and qualification has been developed to teach delegates the fundamentals of improving safety culture using the Hearts and Minds toolkit.

Facilitated by two of the original developers of the Hearts and Minds toolkit, Prof. Dianne Parker and Dr. Matthew Lawrie, the course will:

  • Teach the fundamentals of safety culture change – focusing on each stage of a culture change programme, from design to implementation and review.
  • Provide an overview of the Hearts and Minds toolkit – allowing delegates to get to grips with facilitating the Hearts and Minds tools.
  • Allow delegates to learn from some of the leading experts in safety culture change.

Illustrated with case studies and examples from the course facilitators’ own experiences, delegates will also have the opportunity to design a bespoke culture change plan for implementation in their own organisations.

Anyone with responsibility for leading or facilitating safety culture development and change will find this course of benefit. This may include health and safety managers, senior operational leaders, trainers, safety champions, specialist consultants, as well as those interested in learning more about designing a cultural change programme.

Cost (per delegate)

EI members: £1,350 (plus VAT)
Non EI member: £1,500 (plus VAT)

Book your place

For more information or to book your place visit the EI website or email Will Sadler (EI Training Manager) e: WSadler@energyinst.org


Event: Human factors application in major hazard industries: 26-27 November 2013

August 19, 2013

This biennial 2-day conference, organised by the Energy Institute Human and Organisational Factors Committee and the Stichting Tripod Foundation, explores the practical application of human factors in the management of major accident hazards (MAH) in the energy and allied process industries.

The event will include sessions on:

  • Competence, with a keynote presentation from Ian Travers, Head of Chemical Industries Strategy Unit, Health and Safety Executive, on regulatory developments to help support competence management systems at COMAH sites.
  • Learning from incidents, supported by the Stichting Tripod Foundation, providing delegates with the opportunity to explore the use and development of Tripod and related methods for understanding and learning from incidents.
  • Human factors risk management techniques.
  • Human factors integration, including contractor management.

Who should attend?

This conference will be of interest to anyone managing health, safety and the environment, including process safety and occupational safety, as well as those with a specialist interest in human factors and ergonomics. This will include those with responsibilities for managing competence and training and risk assessment. The event will also be of keen interest to those involved in incident investigation, analysis and learning from incidents processes – including users of Tripod Beta and related methodologies.

The conference will enable the learning and sharing of good practice between companies and industries, and offer excellent networking opportunities with delegates from around the world representing operating companies, suppliers, consultancies, and academia.

Book your place now

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Hearts and Minds training course: 30 September – 2 October 2013

August 15, 2013

The EI is running a 3-day training course, ‘Delivering safety culture change using the Hearts and Minds toolkit’, in London, 30 September – 2 October 2013.


This interactive training course and qualification has been developed to teach delegates the fundamentals of improving safety culture using the Hearts and Minds toolkit.

Facilitated by two of the original developers of the Hearts and Minds toolkit, Prof. Dianne Parker and Dr. Matthew Lawrie, the course will:

  • Teach the fundamentals of safety culture change – focusing on each stage of a culture change programme, from design to implementation and review.
  • Provide an overview of the Hearts and Minds toolkit – allowing delegates to get to grips with facilitating the Hearts and Minds tools.
  • Allow delegates to learn from some of the leading experts in safety culture change.
  • Provide delegates with a Certificate in Delivering Safety Culture Change, issued by the EI.

Illustrated with case studies and examples from the course facilitators’ own experiences, delegates will also have the opportunity to design a bespoke culture change plan for implementation in their own organisations.

Anyone with responsibility for leading or facilitating safety culture development and change will find this course of benefit. This may include health and safety managers, senior operational leaders, trainers, safety champions, specialist consultants, as well as those interested in learning more about designing a cultural change programme.

Cost (per delegate)

EI members: £1,250 (plus VAT)
Non EI member: £1,350 (plus VAT)

Book your place

For more information or to book your place visit the EI website or email Will Sadler (EI Training Manager) e: WSadler@energyinst.org


Human factors training courses – May 2013

March 25, 2013

The EI is hosting two human factors training courses in May 2013, to be delivered by Bill Gall.

Bill is a member of the EI’s Human and Organisational Factors Committee and a Chartered Psychologist.  He is the author of the EI’s new Human factors briefing notes and Guidance on investigating and analysing human and organisational factors aspects of incidents and accidents.  By his own admission, Bill’s personal goal is ‘to eradicate the terms ergonomics and human factors and convince management that the principles involved are part of good management practice.’  Attendees of the courses should therefore leave equipped with good management processes to share within the workplace.

The courses:

Basic human factors – 7 May 2013
This one day training course provides an essential overview of the role of human and organisational factors in the energy sector and allied industries.  The course will examine the environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety outcomes.  Delegates will learn how they can improve procedures, conditions and performance in their own workplace.

Accident and incident investigation – 8-9 May 2013
This two day training course will focus on the analysis of incidents and accidents and will clarify the process of identifying root causes using practical examples.  The course will provide an overview of available analysis methods and the application of these to identify the underlying management and organisational deficiencies responsible.

If you are interested in attending either or both of these courses, please contact Will Sadler e: wsadler@energyinst.org.