As a follow up to the previous article, “Does your company’s culture support an effective Safety program?”, this discussion will focus on how an effective Near Miss Management and Reporting program will drive improvements in safety performance in your Organization and be the foundation of a Safety Focus culture.
So, what is a Near Miss? A Near Miss is an outcome of actions that could quickly have become a potential safety incident, that if overlooked, not understood nor managed, could ultimately result in a recordable safety incident, or worse. In other words, “Reportable incidents are the result of many Near Miss rehearsals.” When correctly reported, Near Miss reports and reviews can provide a wealth of information on unsafe conditions and unsafe acts. And when properly followed through, Near Miss investigations and corrective actions will lead to a safer workplace and a more engaged workforce.
How you and your Organization manage Near Misses largely determines how deeply safety underpins the organizational culture.
For this discussion, we will focus on the center three characteristics of the evolutionary scale for safety management: (1) Reactive, (2) Developing, and (3) Proactive.