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Incident and Near Miss Reporting Guidance

Incident and Near Miss Reporting Guidance

This guidance aims to introduce the concept of near misses, provide assistance to organisations looking to implement a reporting system into their workplaces, clarify understanding of different types of incidents and raise awareness of the benefits and value of appropriate reporting systems – in turn contributing to the continuous improvement of health and safety performance across all organisations.

The development of this guidance was completed by a working group of the British Glass Health and Safety Steering Group. This group was established in response to concerns about a lack of understanding about ‘near misses’ and how to monitor and act upon these events raised both within the glass industry and across business in general by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) CHARGE committee.

Information is provided for employees, in terms of understanding what a near miss is and the benefits of reporting it, and for employers, with respect to implementing a basic system, encouraging reporting, managing reports received and calculating estimates for the number of reports to be expected, assessing and prioritising issues and communicating outcomes to staff.

Further sources of information and guidance are highlighted for those wishing to learn more or requiring additional guidance.

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