On April 24 I offered a Webinar on COVID-19 and Risk Management in collaboration with the Association for Experiential Education as part of their ongoing COVID-19 Webinar series.
The traditional Safety I approach to risk management focuses on what is going wrong and takes a ‘control mistakes’ approach. Safety II focuses on what is going right and works to ensure that those factors which create success are present in all programming. This webinar focuses on the Risk Assessment and Safety Management Model (RASM) through the lens of Safety I and Safety II. Many programs have big decisions to make immediately and over the next few months and being able to view those decisions through both a Safety I and Safety II lens is critical.
The PowerPoint is available for free use below.
Here are the main references from the Webinar:
- AEE Webinar: Covid-19: Risk Management, Legal and Practical Issues While Navigating Uncertainty with Catherine Hansen-Stamp and Steve Smith - https://aee.memberclicks.net/covid-19--risk-management--legal-and-practical-issues-while-navigating-uncertainty
- From Safety-I to Safety-II: A White Paper. Hollnagel, E. Hearns, R., Braithwaite, J. - EUROCONTROL (2013) - https://www.england.nhs.uk/signuptosafety/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2015/10/safety-1-safety-2-whte-papr.pdf
- Proactive Risk Management in a Dynamic Society - Jens Rasmussen, Inge Svedung (2000) - https://www.msb.se/RibData/Filer/pdf/16252.pdf
- UPLOADS Project, https://uploadsproject.org
- Mangatepopo Gorge Accident Accimap - https://activeeducationmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/understanding-accidents-in-the-great-outdoors-the-human-factors-approach/
- Safety-II: the brand new concept of the “complex” Swiss cheese model - CEFA Aviation: https://www.cefa-aviation.com/safety2-swiss-cheese-model/
- Safety I vs Safety II: An overview - Safety4Sea.com - https://safety4sea.com/cm-safety-i-vs-safety-ii-an-overview/
Rick Curtis has been the Director of the Outdoor Action Program at Princeton University, one of the largest college outdoor orientation programs, for over 39 years. He has been involved in all levels of risk management from program planning, curriculum development, staff training, field response, developing Emergency Response Plans and conducting incident reviews. He developed the Risk Assessment and Safety Management Model (RASM) in 2001 as a primary tool for staff to assess and manage risk in the field. The RASM model is in use in by outdoor programs across the country as a staff training and risk assessment and accident mitigation tool. Rick is the author of The Backpacker's Field Manual, used as a textbook by outdoor programs across the country. In 2001 Rick founded www.OutdoorEd.com, a free resource for outdoor education professionals as a portal to share information across the industry. Rick is also the founder and CEO of www.IncidentAnalytix.com a cloud-based incident data tracking and analytics tool for managing incident and close-call data. He has presented at over forty national and international conferences including the Association for Experiential Education, the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, and the Wilderness Risk Management Conference, the Higher Education Protection Network, and the National intramural and Recreational Sports Association on topics including risk management, training outdoor leaders, and outdoor orientation programs.