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Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis

Two-Day (16-hour) Safety Seminar
Course 8

All accidents, injuries, illnesses and “Near Miss” incidents should be investigated to determine the cause(s) so appropriate corrective (remedial) action can be taken to prevent similar events. In addition, OSHA has requirements for investigating certain job related injuries and illnesses. Under the OSHA 1910.119 Chemical Process Safety Management Standard, all incidents that did or could have resulted in the catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals or catastrophic explosions must be investigated by a team within 48 hours. This two-day workshop will teach participants how to promptly conduct thorough investigations and identify the “root cause(s)” of the event. An optional third day can be added to allow participants to participate in a simulated incident investigation and critique.

Target Audience:

Engineers, supervisors, safety professionals and individuals responsible for conducting incident investigations or serving on incident investigation teams will benefit from this program.

Goals & Objectives:

Upon completion of this seminar participants should be able to conduct an incident investigation and:

  • Interview witnesses and gather facts
  • Identify the injury or loss event, the accident event and preceding events associated with the incident
  • Document, preserve and maintain chain of custody of photos and critical evidence
  • Use a causal factors guide to identify all possible causes of the incident and subsequent corrective (remedial) action
  • Identify the root cause(s) of the incident
  • Draft a preliminary and final report
  • Avoid the use of inflammatory and subjective terminology
  • Set up a system for tracking outstanding recommendations
  • Document and handle unrelated but important information uncovered in the investigation
  • Develop a system for trending statistics gathered while conducting investigations