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Some ESReDA project groups have produced technical reports or guidelines that are free to download in PDF format.


Enhancing Safety: The Challenge of Foresight

This document discusses the use of foresight concepts and methods in the field of safety. It analyzes their role in identifying early warning signs of system failure and developing safety imagination. Foresight-based approaches involve a dynamic, learning approach to safety, and emphasize the importance of diverse perspectives and participatory methods in combining qualitative and quantitative knowledge on possible threats to safety.

Published: 2020


Case study analysis on dynamic learning from accidents — The ESReDA Cube, a method and metaphor for exploring a learning space for safety

This document presents the ESReDA cube, a method and metaphor for exploring a learning space for safety. It analyzes five cases of dynamic learning from accidents in high-hazard industries and discusses how the cube may be used to identify possibilities to learn from the accidents and assist investigators in establishing recommendations for change.

Published: 2015


Barriers to learning from incidents and accidents

This document provides an overview of knowledge concerning barriers to learning from incidents and accidents. It focuses on learning from accident investigations, public inquiries and operational experience feedback, in industrial sectors that are exposed to major accident hazards. The document discusses learning at organizational, cross-organizational and societal levels (impact on regulations and standards). From an operational standpoint, the document aims to help practitioners to identify opportunities for improving their event learning process. It should be useful in the context of a process review of your organization’s learning system. Finally, it suggests a number of practices and organizational features that facilitate learning.

Published: 2015


Guidelines for Preparing a Training Toolkit in Event Investigation and Dynamic Learning

These guidelines provide best practices concerning the preparation of a training toolkit for conducting and managing investigations related to industrial, technological and organisational events (accidents, incidents, near misses) and for the dynamic learning of lessons as a follow-up from event investigation. These guidelines give practical and theoretical advice related to different stages of event investigations and of learning process, along with the related barriers and limits faced.

Published: 2015


Guidelines for safety investigations of accidents

These guidelines are the result of the work of experts in the fields of accident investigation, accident analysis, learning from experience and safety management, from 10 countries in Europe across almost every industrial sector. The document reflects the state of the art in accident investigation and discusses future challenges.

Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-82-51-50309-9


The following books have been published by ESReDA, with outputs from some of its project groups. They can be ordered online from OREDA (payment by debit/credit card).


Accident investigation practices: results from a European study

This ESReDA report provides a state of the art of accident investigation practices among selected authorities and other individual organisations which might have been involved in formal accident investigation. The area of interest was investigations of accidents that happen in transport, production processes or storage of hazardous materials and energy production.

Publication: 2003
Price: 300 NOK


Handbook on Quality of Reliability Data

This book provides offers a comprehensive introduction to the collection, analysis and quality assurance of reliability data.

Publication: 1999
ISBN: 978-8251502535
179 pages
Price: 425 NOK


Ageing of Components and Systems

The aim of ageing management is to ensure safe and cost-effective use of technical equipment throughout the designed or possibly extended lifetime of the system. The purpose of this book is to be helpful in this work.

Publication: 2005
Price: 425 NOK


Decision Analysis for Reliability Assessment

This book presents decision analysis theory and practical applications from European industry: modelling decisions, associated failure probabilities, loss or utility functions, multi-attribute utility functions, the use of specific tools as the decision tree, the belief network and the influence diagram, and industrial application cases.

Publication: 2004
ISBN: 978-8251502887
178 pages
Price: 425 NOK


Guidance Document for Design, Operation and Use of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Databases (PDF)

The document highlights vital aspects of how to obtain data for use in the analysis of accidents, incidents and near-misses, and further suggests ways of overcoming the problems that may be encountered in such work.

Price: 150 NOK


Maintenance Modelling and Applications

Maintenance is the process by which the state of any system or asset is controlled and can broadly be considered as two approaches: corrective and preventive. The first of these is reactive and is carried out to rectify failures that have occurred. This type of maintenance cannot be planned and has the associated consequences of system unavailability as a result of the failure and lasts whilst the repairs are carried out. Preventive maintenance has the advantage that it can be planned and performed at times which minimise the disruption to the system functionality. The strategy implemented to maintain industrial systems is usually a balance between these two approaches to provide a cost effective means to produce an acceptable asset performance. This text deals with the modelling of the maintenance process as a means to support the decision making for an effective maintenance strategy.

Published: 2011
Price: 600 NOK


Industrial Application of Structural Reliability Theory

The reliability of a structure is its ability to fulfil its design purpose for some specified reference period. This report presents some of the most fundamental concepts in structural reliability theory. Industry areas covered include energy, offshore, bridges and transportation, space structures, hydraulic engineering systems and fatigue assessment of structures. These are the proceedings of the 13th ESReDA seminar in Paris, October 1997.

Published: 2001
Publisher: Joint Research Center of the European Commission
ISBN: 92-828-3069-1
Price: 425 NOK


Lifetime Management of Structures

The fundamental aim of structural reliability analysis is to obtain a structure with an economical design, an economical maintenance program and a sufficient degree of reliability. This book presents methods and applications to improve the different data, generally limited and incomplete necessary for implementing a structural reliability analysis. It presents industrial applications of structural reliability, for safety, design, maintenance or life extension purposes.

Published: 2005
Price: 425 NOK


Shaping Public Safety Investigations of Accidents in Europe

This book is a result of a joint effort by experts in accident investigation and accident analysis from 10 countries in Europe across almost every industrial sector. It describes the origin, the development, the current situation and the observed trends in Europe concerning public investigation of accidents. It identifies and discusses some of the main dilemmas and conflicts between an investigation commission and the environment, and outlines some main challenges of investigation.

Published: 2005
ISBN: 978-8251503044
183 pages
Price: 425 NOK


Structural Reliability Analysis into System Risk Assessment

The reliability of structures is an important safety issue in all steps of the structural life cycle: design, manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance and demolition. All measures taken at each of these steps have an impact on the reliability of the structures. This book is an important contribution to the development and application of structural reliability methods and the integration with system reliability methods for application within risk assessment.

Published: 2010
Price: 425 NOK