And while it might be easy to ignore near-miss incidents on-site, it’s crucial that your organisation takes these occurrences seriously. After all, recent data found that for every workplace accident, there are approximately 90 near-misses. Put simply, creating a policy and procedure for reporting near-miss incidents will encourage your employees to play a more active role in health and safety efforts, provide valuable documentation for you to analyse when updating your workplace risk assessment and—above all—help prevent similar accidents from taking place.
Use this guidance to implement an effective near-miss reporting system:
- Utilise proper documentation - When a near-miss occurs, make sure the employees involved fill out an incident report form. The form should include the time and date of the incident, where it occurred, what work activities were taking place when it happened, the type of incident, and the names and roles of the workers involved.
- Provide routine training - Be sure to offer routine training for employees on the near-miss reporting process. At a glance, your workers need to know how to complete an incident report form, where to store reports and who to contact following an incident.
- Follow the law - Apart from internal reports, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 requires you to report some near-misses to the HSE. For more information, click here.
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