EHS professionals are in the business of trying to reduce the number, reduce the severity, or completely eliminate incidents at work.
There are a lot of ways to do that. Establishing and maintaining an effective safety and health management program is one way. Leading effective EHS training is another. Controlling hazards is yet another. And there are more.
One important method that falls under the category of “more” is performing an incident investigation.
An incident investigation is something you (and/or others in your company) should perform when an incident occurs at the workplace. This can include near-misses, accidents, property damage, illnesses, injuries, and fatalities.
There are two primary purposes of an incident investigation. The first purpose is to identify the “root cause” or causes of the incident. That’s the short-term goal. And the second purpose is to use the information gathered in the incident investigation, and the determination of the root cause, to prevent a similar incident from happening again. That’s the long-term goal.
But not everyone knows how to perform an incident investigation. What about you? Do you have a plan in place right now? Do you know what you’d do if you had an incident at work?
If you have already planned your response and investigation, hats off to you. If not, you can begin planning now. But if you don’t begin planning your investigation until you’ve had an incident at work, you’re much too late and will be behind the proverbial eight-ball.
So in this article, we’ll sketch out what you need to know about performing an incident investigation. And we’ll even give you a list you can use to begin making your incident investigation plan and another list you can use to begin stocking up your incident investigation kit. Hope you find it helpful.
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