More: Near-miss reporting
A simple, and potentially anonymous, system for reporting near-miss incidents is a very important way of identifying problem areas. This will help you highlight some of the less obvious hazards in a workplace, or identify areas where a problem is developing.
Some models suggest that for every accident there are approximately ninety near-misses.
If there is a good reporting system in place, the hazard could be dealt with before someone is injured.
It can be difficult to get staff to report near-misses or minor slip accidents, as they are often seen as funny or embarrassing occurrences (until someone is hurt). It is important to create a culture which encourages reporting of these accidents.