An accident is an unplanned event that results in injury, damage to property or some other loss. The law requires that certain work-related accidents are reported to the local authority or the Health and Safety Executive.
All accidents, however minor, should be reported on the university Online accident/incident form. Health & Safety Directorate will investigate if required.
A near-miss is any unplanned event which has the potential to result in injury. These should also be reported to the Health and Safety Directorate on the online accident/incident form. The investigation of near-misses is an important step in accident prevention.
The definition of a dangerous occurrence is an unplanned event which is specifically identified in Schedule 2 of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), and is reportable to the enforcing authority. See the Incident Management Policy for details.
Further accident and incident reporting and investigating advice can be found on the HSE website:-