5th International Workshop on “Safety-II in Practice”: Towards a Unified Approach to all Operations

September 7-9, 2022, Edinburgh, Scotland

Image: Ivan Tsanev, CC BY-SA 4.0

After two years with virtual workshops due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the fifth International Workshop on Safety-II in Practice was held at Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 7-9, 2022. The Workshop was organised by FRAMsynt. The workshop began with a half-day tutorial on Safety-II in Practice in the afternoon of September 7, and continued with two days of meetings and discussions on September 8 and 9.

Aim of the workshop

The aim of the workshop was to share experiences from existing and/or planned applications of a Safety-II approach in various industries and practices. The workshop gave participants an opportunity to present and discuss problems encountered and lessons learned – good as well as bad, practical as well as methodological. The workshop provided an opportunity for safety professionals and researchers to interact with like-minded colleagues, to debate the strengths and weaknesses of a Safety-II approach, and to share ideas for further developments.

The guiding principle for the workshop was “long discussions interrupted by short presentations”.


The workshop was open to everyone regardless of their level of experience with Safety-II. It addressed the use of Safety-II in a variety of fields and for purposes ranging from investigations, performance analyses, organisational management and development, individual and organisational learning, and resilience. The workshop provided a unique opportunity to:

  • Discuss and exchange experiences on how a Safety-II approach can be used to analyse and manage complex socio-technical systems.
  • Receive feedback on and support Safety-II projects and ideas.
  • Learn about the latest developments and application areas of Safety-II.
  • Develop a perspective on the long-term potential of a Safety-II approach.


The programme can be downloaded here (pdf).


Presentations can be found here.

Organising Committee

  • Erik Hollnagel
  • Pedro Ferreira
  • Jean-Christophe Le-Coze
  • Riccardo Patriarca
  • Steven Shorrock
  • David Slater