Near Misses – your ‘get out of jail free’ cards

I was meeting with the CEO of a mid-sized company, talking about managing safety and the importance of culture. He made an interesting comment. He said: “What about managing near misses? Near misses are my ‘get out of jail free’ card.”

A culture that recognises near misses as an early warning sign and provides the tools for easy reporting is the first step. And near misses need to be triaged and investigated as if the incident occurred, then actions taken to deal with the hazard at the heart of the issue.

If you can embed that mindset into your organisation’s culture, you will be way ahead in delivering safer workplaces for your staff and your customers.

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