A new process for managing accident information and improving safety

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This paper proposes a new procedure to deal with accident information; it constitutes a practical tool, which embraces the complete cycle of accident information. Managing accident data is an old concern, but its coverage in the safety literature has been somewhat scattered, and one can find many autonomous proposals dealing with administrative recording systems, or about methodologies for accident investigation and causal analysis, or research work focusing on organisational learning. Within the current context of “management systems” it makes good sense that these parts be coherent and combined as a whole piece, i.e., in a holistic approach that moves towards the continuous improvement of safety. The development of this new tool was based on three elementary pillars: the identification of existing good practices, the legal requirements and an adequate theoretical/scientific background. The result was the creation of a new “process” (complete procedure), under the acronym of RIAAT (Recording, Investigation and Analysis of Accidents). The investigation methodology is embedded in the process itself. This process is structured into 4 connected parts, which cover the whole cycle of information in the following order: (I) recording of the occurrence, (II) investigation and cause analysis in a multi-layer approach, (III) plan of action, and finally (IV) the process of sharing information, as a requirement of organisational learning. The tool is composed of a structured standard form (the main instrument) and a small user’s manual with simple instructions. The procedure described here is a preliminary version; after field testing and public discussion, a more comprehensive description, with an application example, will be submitted later on to a scientific journal.
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Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
EventInternational Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene - SHO 2010 -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene - SHO 2010
Period1/01/10 → …

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