5 Benefits of a Near-Miss Reporting Culture

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July 21st, 2010

Wouldn’t it be great to have some sort of system in place to stop workplace injuries, fatalities and equipment damage situations before they occurred? If your company created a near-miss (close call) reporting culture, it would move a long way toward achieving that goal.

There are several benefits to having a near-miss reporting culture in place, including these:

  1. It enables companies to pro-actively resolve hazards before a tragic or costly incident occurs.
  2. It engages the workforce (all workers at all levels) in solving problems.
  3. It increases safety ownership and reinforces workers’ self-esteem.
  4. It exposes valuable information that otherwise might not be discussed.
  5. It develops a positive and necessary attitude surrounding safety.

When it comes to creating a near-miss reporting culture, supervisors play a key role in education and awareness building efforts. 

Make Reporting a Daily Event

Many employees are either reluctant to report near-misses, are unaware of the importance of doing so, or simply don’t know the reporting process. So how do you encourage the reporting habit?  Here’s a good tip from John Brengosz, Loss Control Representative, from R&R Insurance Services, and a current manufacturing client:

We’re a manufacturing plant working with fabricated metal. We have a pre-shift at the beginning of each shift to review the daily schedule and line assignments and ask if there were any near misses the day before. These are written on a dry erase board with the date and Production Line number:

  • For the other shifts to review.
  • For Maintenance to review and see about any corrective action.
  • Are recorded before being erased after one week.
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    1. Excellent article, I agree the back bone of a strong safety culture is the near-miss reporting program.

      Comment by Bob Gordon on September 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm
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