The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016 - (Page 60)

BEST sAFET y praCTiCES Turning Near Misses into a Winning Safety Environment BY FLOYD F. STEELE cPA, cGMA B uilding a culture that encourages and rewards individuals who report near misses can have a significant and lasting impact on safety. A near miss, as defined in a recent National Safety council publication, "is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage - but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage." following pyramid shows the relationship per the conocoPhillips study: We can see from the pyramid that there are a significant number of behaviors or incidents that do not result in injuries or worse. Some examples of near misses: * An employee stumbles over a tool left lying on the floor, catches himself as he falls and is able to brush himself off without injury. 1 Fatality Why are near misses important? Shouldn't we be relieved that nothing happened and worry about things that do occur? After all, an "actual" injury is far more important than an injury that "almost" occurred. Let's start by understanding the significance of near misses. Starting in 1931 researchers began studying the underlying causes of accidents, including the relationship between behavior and serious injuries. This research led to the concept of the Safety Triangle or Pyramid. The most recent extensive study was performed by conocoPhillips Marine in 2003. The 30 Lost Workday Cases Too often employees are afraid of reporting accidents much less near misses, because they are afraid of the repercussions. 300 Recordable Injuries 3,000 Near Misses (estimated) 300,000 At-Risk Behaviors (estimated) 60 MHEDA |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Member Profile
Women @Work
Industry Puluse
Teamwork and Personal Accountability
Exhibitors' Showcase Product Guide and Floor Plan
Exhibitor Summaries
Global Citizenship
Six C-Level Cyber Blunders (And Solutions)
What to Look Forward to in 2016
How to Build a sense of Community for Your Business
Women Mean Business
What's Your Exit Strategy?
Creating Great Customer Experiences: Why, How and Why Now?
Turning Near Misses into a Winning Safety Environment
Too Much of a Good Thing
Matuson's Sixteen Workplace Predictions for 2016
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016