ENBIS-8 in Athens

21 – 25 September 2008 Abstract submission: 14 March – 11 August 2008

Factors affecting the near-miss reporting

23 September 2008, 16:30 – 16:50


Submitted by
Yousif Rahim
Yousif Rahim and Prof. Ron Kenett
University of Torino, Italy
Factors affecting the near miss reporting

Yousif Rahim
University of Torino, Italy
Det Norske Veritas, Norway

Prof. Ron Kenett
University of Torino, Italy
KPA, Israel

An effective safety improvement system needs an effective system for reporting all types of incidents including near miss. Reactive safety strategies incorporate various monitoring techniques for accidents, cases of ill-health and near misses as near miss is an opportunity to improve safety practice based on a condition, or an incident with the potential for more serious consequences.

Under-reporting is a problem in many sectors of industry, and this is significant since; if reporting levels are low, the accident data will not provide the full picture of accidents that have occurred and analysis of such data may be of limited use in determining the real problem areas.

The problem of under-reporting and especially of near-miss reporting can only be solved by having an organisation-wide culture for solution oriented and not the penalisation of the party responsible. To achieve this goal, there must be a continuous commitment on the part of top management to the issue of reporting all incidents and follow up the implementation of corrective measures and actions.

1. To find out and ensure that near-misses are reported
2. To find an appropriate method for reporting near miss
3. Find factors encouraging employees to report near miss
4. Utilising near miss information, in order to take action to prevent serious accidents occurring
5. To describe how reporting leading to improvement in safety performance.

Conducting relevant literature review on state of art in the field of safety management systems, includes review of both white papers and grey literature. Review the Safety management system documents for the major oil and gas companies. Relevant databases will be interrogated with main focus on usability and quality of the accident data.

Design a process for containing and explaining all near miss consecutive stages:
- Identification
- Disclosure
- Distribution
- Direct and Root Cause Analysis
- Solution identification
- Dissemination to implementers
- Resolution

The importance of near miss data for operations and corporate level effectiveness will be highlighted through the effect of near-miss reporting in improvement of corporate health, safety and environment performance.

The study will focus on how the near-misses reporting system and data can provide essential data and information to find and discover the potential broken safety barriers and weaknesses in the management system of companies.
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