An incident is any event that could lead to or has led to an unintended or unplanned outcome. This can include near misses, unsafe conditions, and actual injuries or damages. Incidents are narrower in scope than events, but broader in scope than accidents and can encompass a range of occurrences, including:

  • Near Miss: An event that did not result in injury or damage but had the potential to do so.
  • Unsafe Conditions: Situations where safety protocols are not followed, posing a risk of harm.
  • Property Damage: Damage to equipment, materials, or structures without causing injury.
  • Environmental Harm: Where the environment is harmed, even when no people or property were in danger.

The concept of incidents is used in HSEQ context to help define when something that happened should be recorded for future analysis.

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A note from myosh

myosh provides a configurable incident reporting module hosted in the cloud to allow all worker to report incidents through their browsers or mobile app, with automated workflows to involve the appropriate staff and advanced reporting options for real-time analysis.