Near Miss Reporting

Learn about near misses and the importance of tracking them.

Definition: Near Miss 

A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in any injury, illness or damage, but had the potential to do so.

Watch the video, “Ying Yang Twins”, below to learn more about near miss situations due to unsafe acts or conditions, all of which could have led to serious injuries.


Near Miss Reporting

Near misses happen in all companies regardless of their industry or scale of operation. They can be thought of as symptoms of undiscovered problem(s) at the workplace. Rather than waiting for an accident to happen, companies should take pre-emptive action by tracking near misses.

You do not need to set up a dedicated near miss reporting system in your company. You can achieve the same outcome by revising your existing safety and health management system criteria to include near misses.

Companies that are new to the reporting culture can refer to the following diagram on the key components of near miss reporting.


Refer to the Guide to Near Miss Reporting (PDF) and Accident Prevention through Near Miss Reporting (Manufacturing | Marine) to learn more about managing near miss events.


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