Reporting of events – a ‘just’ or ‘blame free’ approach

A health and safety briefing provided by the IET.

Only if accidents and dangerous incidents are reported and investigated can action be taken to prevent a recurrence. This can best be achieved by developing a ‘just’ reporting system. In the past this has sometimes been referred to as a ‘blame free’ reporting system, but where individuals recklessly or deliberately violate clear and workable health and safety requirements, action may have to be taken and the term ‘blame free’ is seen as giving the wrong message.

However, the objective is the same, whatever name is given, it is to ensure that all events, near misses and shortfalls in the safety management system can be used to learn and to avoid future accidents..