8.3 Incident Investigation

Overview

Once an incident or near miss is reported, supervisors then conduct, or coordinate, an incident investigation. Incident investigations are not intended to assign blame, but to identify root causes and assist in the identification and implementation of appropriate controls to prevent future occurrences. For incidents involving employee injury, supervisors also facilitate required injury reporting as described in the Injury Reporting chapter of this manual.

When is an Incident Investigation Required?

The incident investigation should take place as soon after the incident or near miss is recognized. An Incident Investigation Worksheet is available on the UHS website.

Minor incidents (e.g., a spill of a low hazard chemical inside a lab) can be investigated by the supervisor or someone designated by the supervisor. Events that caused harm to a person or could cause significant harm to people, property, or the environment must be coordinated by the supervisor and include the Department Safety Officer (DSO) and Research Safety Professional from UHS.

Results of an incident investigation should be shared with those involved in the incident, as well as other members of the lab or research group and the department safety committee. Action items identified in the investigation (e.g., changes to SOPs, training, PPE requirements) should be documented after implementation. It is best practice to share an anonymous account of the incident and recommendations department or college-wide so all researchers can benefit from lessons learned.

Assistance is completing incident investigation can be obtained from your DSO or UHS Research Safety Professional:

Name

Phone 

Specialty Area

Greg Hanson (612) 301-1158 College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources
Jodi Ogilvie (612) 301-1214 College of Biological Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Sabine Fritz (612) 625-7227 Academic Health Center
Anna Sitek (612) 625-8925 College of Science and Engineering
Paul Serafini (612) 625-8043 Research and Outreach Center

1. Individual Chemical Hygiene Responsibilities

1. Individual Chemical Hygiene Responsibilities

2. Laboratory Management

3. Laboratory Design and Commissioning

4. Training

5. Experiment Planning and SOPs

6. Safety Equipment

7. Chemical Management

8. Emergency Procedures

9. Medical Surveillance and Injury Reporting

10. Appendices