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Accident Procedures

Accidents

The University accident reporting procedure complies with the requirements of the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

Whenever an accident occurs to any person on University premises, an Accident Report Form should be completed as soon as possible. If the accident or incident is potentially serious, where an injury may necessitate absence from work, the Director of Safety Services (029 20874790) and the Director of School and/or Support Services Manager must be notified immediately. However all incidents must be brought to their attention in case a departmental investigation is needed

More serious, but moveable, casualties should go straight to hospital at all times. For a serious casualty, summon help immediately by telephoning 999 (as for fire).

All accidents involving the eyes must be referred to a doctor.

All accidents causing a serious injury must be reported and investigated. An investigation will then be undertaken by school staff which may be followed by an investigation by OSHEU staff if circumstances dictate. (Guidance on accident investigation has been circulated and further training is available from the OSHEU office). The objective of the investigation will be to establish the circumstances of the accident, not to apportion blame. This may include seeking statements from witnesses to the accident and preparing reports in conjunction with the department.

All accidents resulting in lost time will be reported by the Director of OSHEU to the Health and Safety Executive, and to the University Insurers by the Insurance Officer in FNCE division. The Insurance Officer will complete the statutory BI 76 or BI 77 forms from the DHSS.

The latest accident and risk assessment forms are available on the OSHEU web pages, from the School office and in hard copy from the OSHEU office. They should be completed as soon as possible after the accident and are identified as (2002), please discard all your old ones. The forms should be completed as soon as possible after the accident giving all relevant detail and, where applicable, a written risk assessment for the activity being undertaken when the accident occurred must be provided. The Support Services Manager will circulate one copy to the OSHEU office, one to the Health Centre and a copy retained by the Department. Note the requirement for the staff or student number.

Dangerous Occurrence Procedures

A dangerous occurrence can be defined as a "near miss" or more correctly a "near hit" where the incident has the potential to cause serious personal injury, has caused property damage or has the potential to cause property damage. It is important that equipment or objects relating to the incident must be left in situ at the time of the incident unless it would be unsafe to do so.

The investigative and reporting procedure is exactly the same as for accidents. The OSHEU office will inform the Health and Safety Executive, and the FNCE Insurance Officer will inform the University Insurers.