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International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management


Special Issue on: "Learning from Experience and Event Analysis Methods for Improved Safety"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Wim J.J. Van Wassenhove, MINES Paristech, France

This special issue will highlight recent progress, ideas, problems and solutions relating to the multifaceted methods of learning from experience and accident analysis.

Learning from experience is far more than just an event and accident analysis method. It concerns data collection methods, different analysis methods, the implementation of databases to store information, and reuse of the information gathered and the lessons learned (for instance in training sessions). In an organisation, the learning from experience process is also affected by a wide range of sociocultural factors; it therefore interacts closely with the safety culture of the organisation.

One the other hand, accident analysis methods are based on an accident meta-model and this approach frames the results of the analysis. They also differ in the emphasis they place on technological, human or organisational aspects.

This issue is intended for academics, practitioners, scientists and engineers involved in the areas of business, economics, scientific and technological disciplines, energy industries, environmental and ecological systems, safety, public health and medical services.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Learning from experience methods
  • Learning from safety events
  • Organisational learning processes
  • Safety training
  • Accident analysis methods
  • Events investigation
  • Accident models and meta models
  • Case studies and event databases

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 31 December, 2012 (extended)