The Importance of Near Miss Reporting

health and safety Mar 20, 2017

Do your employees and colleagues understand the importance of near miss reporting? With Near Miss Day just around the corner, we thought it was an ideal time to discuss the importance of having solid reporting procedures in place.

It’s a sad truth that accidents in the workplace happen, but many of them can easily be avoided with a little forethought. Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, explains. “Most people understand the importance of investigating an accident. When someone has been hurt it’s always important to understand what happened, what could be done differently and what changes can be made from identifying the root causes to prevent it from happening again. The problem is, when you wait for accidents to happen before making changes, someone will have been hurt, or potentially, far worse.

“Investigating all near misses is incredibly important, though it’s often overlooked. By having robust reporting procedures in place, you’re ensuring the safety of your employees, colleagues and visitors. You’ll also be safeguarding your company from costly fees and a negative reputation should an incident take place.”

What Constitutes as a Near Miss?

The HSE defines a near miss as:

“an event not causing harm, but has the potential to cause injury or ill health.”

A near miss can happen anywhere; inside, outside or on the road. Whatever industry you’re in, if an accident or incident almost happened, it’s classed as a near miss.

For every near miss that’s not investigated or reported, it’s more likely there’ll be an accident. For every minor accident that’s not reported or investigated, it’s more likely there’ll be a major accident, and so on and so forth. This principle is commonly referred to as Heinrich’s Accident Triangle, which you can find out more about in an interesting article from SHP.

Near Miss Day

Near Miss Day takes place annually on March 23rd; the day an enormous asteroid nearly hit the earth in 1989. The day gives everyone a great opportunity to spread the word about the importance of reporting and investigating near misses in the workplace, whichever industry you’re in.

We encourage you all to get involved with the campaign to raise awareness of the cause, and to help us create a working world where everyone can go home at the end of their working day in the same physical and mental state as they arrived in.

If you’d like to find out more about Hundred Acre and how we can help organisations like yours, please don’t hesitate to call us today on +44 (0) 1933 201103, or contact us via our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to Hundred Acre – everyone’s save place.

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