Accident Reporting-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Accident Reporting

Everyone knows that if you are injured in a lab accident you should have your supervisor submit a "Supervisors's Injury/Illness Report". But do you have to wait until someone is injured before letting EH&S know about it? ABSOLUTELY NOT! It is very helpful for us to look at "near-misses" to help prevent more serious ones.

Man with crystal ballWe now have a new form, "Non-Injury & Near-Miss Incident Form", to report lab incidents where no one was injured, but could have been if circumstances were different. The new form captures what contributed to the incident, how it could have resulted in a more serious or life-threating situation, and most importantly, what can be done to prevent it from happening again or happening in a worse way. Do you see soomething that can be potentially dangerous, but hasn't resulted in an accident...yet? Then use the "Non-Injury & Near-Miss Incident Form" to report it.

Don't worry if you don't have all the answers; this form merely initiates the investigation process where we can get to the heart of the problem and find workable solutions.  Telling us about it is the first part of the process and the new form takes us there.  When you put this new form to use, it will be like us all gazing into our lab safety crystal ball: we'll see no lab accidents in your future!

By: Michael J. Patrick, mjp@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-3221