The Battle Between Safety I and Safety II: Who Is Right and Who Is Wrong?

  • Room: 21-23
  • Session Number:100
Wednesday,May 15, 2024:8:00 AM -9:00 AM


Corrie Pitzer
Safemap International
Tim Page-Bottorff
Senior Safety Consultant


It’s a heated debate: Safety I vs. Safety II. Safety I includes long-standing strategies such as behavior-based safety and risk/safety engineering. Safety II promotes human and organizational performance. The safety professional is caught between these two schools of thought, which have some directly opposing ideas, such as their beliefs on the issue of Zero Harm: Safety I states that zero is a non-negotiable goal, while Safety II says that aiming for zero is in fact harmful. Who is right? Join us for an engaging discussion featuring two prominent safety veterans: Tim Page-Bottorff and Corrie Pitzer. Tim and Corrie will explore whether these perspectives are at odds with each other, or whether both have a place in the safety pro’s toolbox.