Maintaining current health and safety statistics in a central location is a major part of a good health and safety program. Many policies, procedures, notices, statements, and reports are necessary to fulfill legal and health and safety program requirements. Companies need to establish a system to record and review statistics in order to recognize hazards and monitor the success of their health and safety program. Records, reports and other performance measures must be reviewed in order to establish areas of the safety program needing improvement. This review is an essential element that will help prevent future accidents and injuries.
In order to achieve this, IHSA recommends that companies perform annual reviews of documents such as Incident reports, Accident Investigation reports, Lost time injuries and JHSC minutes if any.
Roles and responsibilities
Another key ingredient for tracking incidents is the establishment of clear roles and responsibilities. For example:
report all accidents, incidents, first aid occurrences and equipment damage to supervisors.
send all relevant health and safety information to the head office and follow up with procedures to prevent subsequent occurrences.
- Maintain all records
- Monitor injury frequency
- Compile information for the annual health and safety review
- Ensure follow up of all action items from the annual review
It is important to remember that with proper action, knowledge of past incidents, accidents, lost time injuries, incidents of occupational illness etc. will help prevent future ones from occurring.
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