Accidents, incidents or near-misses which occur in a laboratory setting should be reported to a supervisor and Environmental Health and Safety so that an investigation can be initiated. Accident investigations enable laboratory employees to identify the source of any accidents or near misses. These investigations provide the user access to the root cause of incidents and aid in additional training or controls to minimize future occurrences.
Near misses can be internally investigated to control future hazards. Accident or incident investigations help to uncover hazards which were missed during initial job hazard analysis or indicate a procedure which could be altered to a safer control. Accidents and Incidents where property has been damaged, a user has been injured or a fatality has occurred must be investigated by Environmental Health and Safety.
If you would like a job hazard assessment performed please contact your Safety Representative at EHS to schedule.