Monday, January 7, 2013
BY: MAGENDRAN R.
A Near Miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage, but had the potential t do so. Another simple term for this is “close call”!
Reporting Near Misses creates an opportunity for identifying and removing unsafe conditions and unsafe work practices. So, why is it so difficult to get our employees to report Near Misses? When we look at risk based approach to Near Miss, It becomes a ‘zero cost learning tool’. This means we will learn more from the Near Misses occurring around us. This also has immense opportunity for our employees involvement, which is a basic requirement for a successful SHE Program, by embodying principles of behaviour shift, responsibility sharing and awareness.
Leopad Group SHE Department, to enlighten the seriousness and importance of this Near Miss reporting, organized a forum on 24th November 2012, at SHELL Sports Club Port Dickson. This Near Miss forum was made a reality with the support of RM Leopad Klang Valley Branch stationed at SHELL Hijau Project. Participants were from all branches of Leopad Group and was open for all levels, but made compulsory for the management and Safety personnel. Guest speakers for this one day programme were Mr. Zulkarnain and Mr. Chandran from SHELL Port Dickson, Puan Ruzita and Mr. Andrew from NIOSH, and Puan Azlina Ibrahim, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 consultant. Group SHE Department appreciates very much the participation of these Guest Speakers. This forum was also made more meaningful with the presence of Leopad Group CEO, Mr. DK Guru.
Group SHE Department hopes this Near Miss forum has created an open culture whereby everyone shares and contributes in responsible manner. Near Miss reporting provides an inexpensive means of learning but has some equally beneficial results. GSHE Department will be introducing a new form, specifically for this Near Miss reporting soon.