Research and development agenda for Learning from Incidents

Anoush Margaryan, Allison Littlejohn, Neville Stanton

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    Abstract

    This paper outlines a research and development agenda for the nascent field of Learning from Incidents (LFI). Effective, deep and lasting learning from incidents is critical for the safety of employees, the general public and environmental protection. The paper is an output of an international seminar series ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning from Incidents’ funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2013-2016 http://lfiseminars.ning.com/ The seminar series brought together academics, practitioners and policymakers from a range of disciplines and sectors to advance the theory, methodology, organisational practice and policy in LFI. Drawing on a range of disciplinary and sectoral perspectives, as well as on input from practitioners and policymakers, this paper lays out four key research and development challenges: defining LFI; measuring LFI; levels and factors of LFI; and strengthening research-practice nexus in LFI.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-13
    JournalSafety Science
    Volume99
    Issue numberA
    Early online date20 Sep 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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    Keywords

    • learning from incidents
    • workplace learning
    • adult learning
    • learning from accidents
    • learning from near-misses
    • organisational learning

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