July 06, 2016

Overcoming the barriers that prevent near-miss reporting

Richard Kline, Firehouse

Does your department report and act upon near-miss events? If not, you’re missing a prime opportunity to prevent, rather than react too, the occurrence of “accidents.” Research has shown that for every accident (an unexpected, unplanned event which may or may not result in a loss) a number of near-miss events precede that event. Major industries such as health care, petrochemical, and aviation use near-miss reporting to effectively identify and eliminate unsafe practice or behavior, and modify administrative control.

The under reporting of near-miss events is reported to be common in general industry. For example, a high rate of under reporting was found following a 12-country systematic literature review which suggested the average rate of under-reporting of adverse drug events was as high as 94 percent (Hazell & Shakir, 2006). ... more

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