Near Misses

What is a Near Miss?

A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage.

What do I need to do if there is a Near Miss at my event?

When a near miss occurs to anyone on site of a Club-run event or activity, you must follow the procedure documented below:

  • Rectify the situation that caused the near miss.
    • For example if the near miss was a trip hazard – remove the trip hazard!
  • Inform staff in the venue, and your club exec.
  • Document the Near Miss using the Near Miss Reporting Form
  • Consider what action/s you need to take to ensure that the near miss doesn’t become an accident in the future, and update your Risk Register.
  • Implement these actions.
  • If the event is in a UCSA venue, please submit the near miss form to the UCSA. If it was offsite, submit it to the venue. In all cases, keep a record of it for the future.
Updated on June 11, 2020

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