Getting workers to report safety incidents is hard enough; getting them to report near misses can seem impossible. The fact is many near misses go unreported, especially when it’s the result of a worker’s violation of your safety rules or procedures, such as when a worker almost loses a finger by reaching around a machine guard. Workers don’t want to be disciplined. So they stay mum about their close calls.
But near misses are a valuable source of information for safety coordinators. They give safety coordinators the chance to pinpoint the weaknesses in their OHS programs and make corrections to prevent future incidents. So how do you create an environment that encourages workers to report near misses?
Attend our webinar on Thursday, Jan. 12, to learn about a four-step plan to implement a successful near miss reporting culture in your company. In the webinar, Stopping Injuries Before They Happen—How to Create a ‘Near Miss’ Reporting Culture, Robert Ryan, president of Safety Metrics Inc., will tell you, among other things:
- How to change the current level of resistance in your workforce to reporting near misses
- How to establish an effective reporting process that will enable you to communicate clear responsibility for reporting near misses
- The top three reasons workers are reluctant to report near misses
- Why the involvement of supervisors and workers at all levels is crucial for a near miss reporting culture
- How to measure the progress of your plan to increase near miss reporting.
OHS Insider Resources
In the meantime, click here for information for whether you should discipline workers for safety infractions that could’ve caused an injury or worse. And click here for model language on reporting near misses that you can include in your OHS policy.