If I start to record incidents and near misses, that will just open me up to fines or expose me to litigation
We are quite passionate about this myth. What if your incident or near miss could save your life. Would you learn from it? Now think if your near miss or incident could save someone else’s life. Would you want them to know about it?
If you are familiar with WHS and OHS laws, you will understand the importance of having a system in place that captures this information. If you have a near miss but decide not to record it, not only are you neglecting to improve your safety culture in your workplace, it will get you into trouble.
When recording these near misses and incidents use it as an opportunity to address these issues with your workers and hopefully avoid any serious accidents from happening. A good communication process will help you to address hazards in real-time. It is also positive reinforcement that you are committed to the health of your employees and expect them to take it seriously (as you do).
Benefits to having a near-miss reporting culture in place:
- It enables companies to pro-actively resolve hazards before a tragic or costly incident occurs
- It engages workers (all workers at all levels) in solving problems
- It increases safety ownership and reinforces workers’ self-esteem
- It exposes valuable information that otherwise might not be discussed
- It develops a positive and necessary attitude surrounding safety
Find out what happens in an investigation: https://safeagsystems.com/what-happens-in-a-safe-work-investigation-flyer//