Timely reporting of hazards, incidents or accidents is core activity of safety and risk management. Reported data supports safety risk assessments and risk mitigation strategies. The best sources of raw safety data is direct reporting by front-line personnel since they observe hazards as part of their daily activities. Companies with developed safety programs have trained personnel that are constantly encouraged to report errors, identified hazards, close-calls (incidents) and accidents.
An accident and hazard reporting system allows companies to collect occurrence data and manage associated risk.
To understand what is an accident-hazard reporting system, it is better to break down the individual components of this system. These components include:
Each of these components may have a different user group. For example, users who are reporting hazards, accidents or incidents may include:
The user groups using the risk management functionality of this system may include:
Finally, graphical reports allow managers to make informed decisions regarding strategies to minimize risk and reduce recurrence of accidents and incidents.
For all intents and purposes, an accident, incident or hazard will be called an issue. An accident/hazard reporting system is designed to accepted "reported issues." In most cases today, Web-based forms offer the best solution for stakeholders to report issues into a system. This system will then notify a responsible person of the issue either by email or text.
The most common approaches for stakeholders to report issues include:
Hazard definition: Hazards are anything that can potentially harm any of the following elements:
Accident definition: An accident is an unintended event that causes damage to persons or property.
Incident definition: An incident is an unintended event posing potential to cause damage to persons or property
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On request, NWDS can provide quality aviation SMS training on our aviation safety management products. Our qualified partners are also qualified to teach the fundamentals of SMS while also demonstrating our Web-based aviation safety management software.
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