What is a near miss?
A near miss incident is an event that could have resulted in an injury. An example of a near miss could be:
- You trip over an obstacle but catch yourself before you fall
- A piece of equipment fails or breaks while you’re using it
- You discover a sharp where you’re not expecting it
- You need to move a heavy object and feel a strain
- A patient is exhibiting escalating behaviours
If you say to yourself, “that was a good catch!” or “I was lucky not to get hurt,” then it may be a near miss.
It is important to be proactive about any near miss you encounter. In this way, you are protecting yourself, your co-workers and patients.
How to report a near miss
- Tell your supervisor or manager immediately about the incident.
- Report the incident to your employer.
- Health Authority employees call the Workplace Health Call Centre at 1-866-922-9464
- Affiliate/Independent employees fill out an Incident/Injury Report. Ask your supervisor for the form.
- Ask for a copy of your report from your employer
- Describe the incident to your Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) Committee worker representative, so they can raise the issue at the next JOHS Committee meeting.
- Follow up with your JOHS Committee worker representative to see when and how changes will be made to correct the safety issue.
Other types of incidents
Hazard: A thing or condition that could lead to an incident. Report hazards to keep incidents from occurring.
Injury incident: An event that leads to a physical or mental injury, or a work-related illness.