[PDF] Learning how to learn from accidents

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Publication date:
01 October 2015


This resource has been developed by RoSPA to help organisations cope with accidents and incidents (unplanned, adverse events that can or do cause harm and/or loss), not only to to stop them happening again but also to learn lessons to improve the overall approach to managing for better health and safety outcomes.

It provides some guidance on what to do in the hours, days and weeks following an accident, but the main focus is on ‘operational readiness to investigate’ and on optimising the conditions for good organisational learning. This includes learning from ‘near misses’ and dangerous occurrences. It is designed to support accident investigation training and further reading about the subject.