Safety Theories and a Death in Obstetrics – Why Safety Theory Is Important



Date: December 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. (PST)

Registration closes on December 8, 2015.

Access information will be sent to participants on December 9.

This presentation will introduce safety theories – their origin, their authors, their seminal works and their salient points.  These will be illustrated with quotations from a qualitative study, demonstrating that current ideas in frontline workers span the history of safety theories.  Two theories will be compared and contrasted in looking at a specific case of a death in obstetrics, revealing that an investigation is far from objective and neutral, but depends on the biases of the investigator.


Tanya Hewitt recently received her PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa.  She has a BSc in Physics from the University of Guelph, an MSc in Medical Physics from Carleton University, and a Graduate Certificate from the University of Ottawa in Risk Assessment and Management in Population Health.  She worked for 10 years for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulating primarily cancer clinics, and is now on contract with the Training Evaluation division of the CNSC.  She has written peer-reviewed articles and has given many presentations.  She is the programme chair for the System Safety Society.


ACE Members and Students: free (registration mandatory)

ACE Affiliates: $50.00