Learning Teams

“A Learning Team is notable because it encourages organisations to obtain and consider different perspectives and angles of functional diversity to define a problem in a group context.

A Learning Team involves facilitated engagement (using a facilitator) with workers to understand and then learn from the opportunities that are presented by:
1) Everyday successful and safe work (Everyday Learning Teams)
2) Events or incidents that could have or did harm workers (Event Learning Teams)
3) Introduction of changes (Management of change) that could affect worker safety (Periodic Learning Teams).

Learning Teams support both worker learning and organisational learning by allowing the different stakeholders groups to understand better what, when, how, and why, people do things differently rather than following formal, written procedures or systems.

By understanding what is necessary to make sure things go right, it is possible to focus on ensuring that factors which make things go right are present in the workplace every day.” – Brent Sutton, LinkedIn


Maritime Learning Teams – NZ

Convergence Training – How to Use Learning Teams for Safety Incident Investigations

Safety Solutions – Learning Teams

The New View of Safety Brochure

Learning Organization Whiteboard

Worksafe NZ – Guidelines for Successful Learning Teams

American Airlines – Trailblazers into Safety-II: American Airlines’ Learning and Improvement Team A White Paper Outlining AA’s Beginnings of a Safety-II Journey – June 2020

Bob Latino, Reliability Center (2017) – Do Learning Teams Make RCA Obsolete? 

SAFEMODE – Towards a Safety Learning Culture for the Shipping Industry – A White Paper

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