Policy and Practice in Health and Safety Call for Papers

Current Debate and Practice Centred on ‘Zero Vision’ and ‘Zero Harm’

Policy and Practice in Health and Safety

Since its emergence in the late 1990’s within the road safety community in Sweden, the concept of ‘zero vision’ or ‘harm’ has been adopted and gained widespread traction amongst many industries around the world (Zwetsloot et al. 2013). At the core of the approach is a commitment to achieving very low of zero accident rates within occupational safety and health environments. A wide range of industries including the chemical, construction, retail and food and drink sectors have implemented safety programmes which include elements such as: eliminating fatal risks and hazards; maintaining zero harm on a day to day basis; and keeping the public safe from harm. At the same time, the concept of zero accidents has been the subject of some controversy and debate. Some researchers have suggested that the goal of eliminating accidents and hazards is unachievable and underplays the dynamic and emergent nature of safety and safe behaviour (e.g., Dekker, 2014). Likewise, safety practitioners sometimes argue that this is a misrepresentation of the ‘zero vision’ and in reality the concept is more a way of thinking than a numerical goal. In this special issue of PPHS we want to capture some of the flavour of these debates, as well as providing case study example of ‘zero vision/harm’ in action. The aim of the special issue will be to include contributions from across the practitioner, policy and academic communities. In particular, we welcome submissions covering:

  • ‘Experience reports’ covering how zero vison/harm has been implemented within industry
  • Accounts of how ‘zero vision/harm’ has evolved and developed in the last few decades
  • What is wrong with Vision Zero? (e.g., recent challenges of the interpretation and practical implementation of Vision Zero)
  • International comparisons and experiences in moving towards ‘zero vision/harm’
  • Comparisons between different industrial sectors and their combined experiences in moving towards ‘zero vision/harm’
  • Examples of methods and tools which have be used to achieve ‘zero vision/harm’

Please note that we are seeking submissions from across the spectrum of work on ‘zero vision/harm’ and that the special issue is not limited to work on road safety. 

Submission Instructions

Deadline for submissions: June 30th 2017

If you are interested in submitting a paper to PPHS and this special issue, then please contact the Editor-in-Chief in the first instance (Patrick Waterson). Dr Waterson will be able to provide support and guidance covering potential submissions. All submission should be submitted via the Editorial Manager for PPHS

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