The development and evaluation of a Learning from Incidents toolkit

Margaryan, Anoush; Littlejohn, Allison and Lukic, Dane (2018). The development and evaluation of a Learning from Incidents toolkit. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 16(1) pp. 57–70.



This paper describes the development and evaluation of a toolkit to support organisations in improving their learning from incidents (LFI) activities. Grounded in adult learning theory, extensive literature review and empirical research within the energy sector, the LFI Toolkit has five key components: a Process Model; a Framework; a Questionnaire; a set of Guidelines; and a series of Engagement Exercises. The LFI Toolkit fosters participatory learning enabling broader employee engagement, sensemaking and contextualisation. The Toolkit was developed and evaluated through participatory co-design methodology including two large energy companies. The data were drawn from four participatory co-design workshops and a stakeholder engagement review meeting including practitioners from a variety of organisations and roles – shopfloor workers, frontline and middle managers, senior leaders, health and safety specialists and representatives of professional bodies. The findings provide insight into the clarity, usability and relevance of the Toolkit and the feasibility of its application across other companies.

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