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NEAR MISS REPORTING


What is a near miss report?

Whose doing reporting near misses?

Do you know how do you report a near miss?


All strategies should be based around ‘proactive’ measures to enhance safety, so when an individual has experienced a ‘near-miss’ incident - in the moment felt fear/concern emotionally and psychologically that you were about to be verbally, physically or psychologically harmed. These are the types of feeling that should be brought to the attention of your team leader, supervisor or manager.


Let us look at an example of a basic traffic light system of risk management related to workplace violence incident types. In a previous post/video I provided and explanation of the need to collectively as a team to identify and define what you/the team mean/understand by the term work-related violence. This will provide you/team with threshold example of the types of behaviours that you/your colleagues have experienced and importantly rate how you felt in those moments:

Green = low level of risk/threat rating

Amber = medium level of risk/threat rating

Red = high level of risk/threat level


Example of near-miss incident...

…a ‘near-miss’ incident is a situation whereby you have not been happy and/or felt uncomfortable, or more with the way someone has behaved (negative verbal and/or non-verbal communication) towards you. You have still managed to satisfactorily resolve the situation but you have not reported/submitted an incident report! Having reflected on what occurred you now feel concerned about further/future meetings with that person(s). This is the stage where you should feel ‘empowered’ to raise (discuss) your concerns with your team leader, supervisor or manager - explaining how that person, place, task and AN other made you feel. You should (must) be greeted with support confidence that measures will be put in place that will enhance your safety, and feeling of confidence/wellbeing before you have a further meeting with that person(s). Or, you don't have any further meetings with that person!


NOTE...what matters is how you perceive the threat of violence or aggression!


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