The Health & Safety Hub

FAQs

Near Miss and Incident Reporting

A Near Miss is an event that did not actually cause harm or damage, but had the potential to cause injury, ill-health or damage or an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage – but had the potential to do so.

Employers should encourage the reporting of near misses and gain an opportunity to look at why they happened and put preventative measures in place to prevent future near misses or actual incidents from happening. Collecting near-miss reports helps create a culture that seeks to identify and control hazards, which will reduce risks and the potential for harm.

The Health and Safety Hub has designed a simple but informative near-miss document that can be downloaded from this site and used to record near misses and help to manage health and safety.

An incident is an event that actually caused harm, injury, ill-health or damage. These are sometimes referred to as accidents or deliberate acts.

There is a legal requirement to record accidents and records must be kept of all of ‘over-three-day injuries’, which are those where a person who is injured at work is incapacitated for more than three consecutive days. Information on accidents, incidents and ill health can be used as an aid to risk assessment, helping to develop solutions to potential risks. Records also help to prevent injuries and ill health, and control costs from accidental loss. As well as this the RIDDOR regulations require the reporting of some illnesses, injuries and occurrences directly to the HSE which will need to be backed up by the incident report and records.

The Health and Safety Hub have again designed a simple but informative incident reporting document that can be downloaded from this site and used to record all incidents and help to manage health and safety and comply with legislation.