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Visualising Safety, an Exploration: another Springer book!

Springer is publishing not one, but two Foncsi books this September. Entitled Visualising Safety, an Exploration, this publication also stems from the work of the NeTWork.

Visualising Safety, an Exploration is the fruit of the 2019 NeTWork seminar. The timing was unfortunate, as it was held just before the Covid outbreak, which considerably slowed production of the book. The theme of the seminar was ‘Visualising Safety, an exploration: Drawings, pictures, images, videos, movies’, and it was held in partnership with Jean-Christophe Le Coze (Ineris, France) and Teemu Reiman (Lilikoi, Finland).

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What’s in it?

This book explores the role played by visual tools and graphical models in safety management. It highlights the importance of being able to visualize safety when teaching concepts, communicating ideas to peers, and raising awareness through posters.

For example, the authors present graphical models that have been instrumental in promoting safety concepts, and which have had a major impact—we’ve all heard about William Heinrich’s ‘safety pyramid’ and James Reason’s ‘Swiss cheese’.


The articles and their authors

The book features a dozen articles written by international experts:

  • "Visualising Safety", by Jean-Christophe Le Coze (Ineris, France) and Teemu Reiman (Lilikoi, Finland)
  • "Drawings, Posters and Metaphors in Safety Science: Some Historical Remarks", by Paul Swuste, Peter Schmitz, Karolien van Nunen and Genserik Reniers (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)
  • "Educating Nuclear Workers Through Images: The Work of Jacques Castan, Illustrator of Radiation Protection in the 1960s", by Aurélien Portelli (CRC Mines, France), Frédérick Lamare (CEA, France), Sébastien Travadel and Franck Guarnieri (CRC Mines, France)
  • "Ways of Seeing (and Not Seeing) Safety, by Patrick Waterson (Loughborough University, UK)
  • "Representations, Metaphors and Slogans: From Organisational Safety to Societal Resilience", by Torgeir Kolstø Haavik (NTNU, Norway)
  • "Visualising for Safety or Visualisation of Safety?", by Erik Hollnagel (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • "Visualizing Complex Industrial Operations Through the Lens of Functional Signatures", by Doug Smith, Brian Veitch and Arash Fassihozzaman Langroudi (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
  • "Anticipating Risk (and Opportunity): A Control Theoretic Perspective on Visualization and Safety", by John M. Flach (Mile Two, USA)
  • "Occupational Safety in Revamping Operations: Visualising Spaces to Monitor Uncertainty", by Charles Stoessel (Université Paris-Dauphine, France) and Raluca Ciobanu (EDF R&D, France)
  • "Network Visualisation in Supply Chain Quality and Safety Assurance of a Nuclear Power Plant Construction Project", Kaupo Viitanen (VTT, Finland) and Teemu Reiman (Lilikoi, Finland)
  • "Visualization for the Safe Occupation of Workspaces, by Elsa Gisquet (IRSN, France) and Gwenaële Rot (CSO, France)
  • "Screening Workplace Disaster: The Case of Only the Brave (2017)", by Shane M. Dixon and Tim Gawley (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
  • "Post-script: Visualising Safety", by Teemu Reiman (Lilikoi, Finland) and Jean-Christophe Le Coze (Ineris, France)


This is the 11th Foncsi book published by Springer in its SpringerBriefs in Safety Management collection; there were nearly 7,000 downloads in less than a month!

Enjoy the book!