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Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis...Important to Business
During an incident investigation, an employer must determine which factors contributed to the incident, and both OSHA and the EPA encourage employers to go beyond the minimum investigation required and conduct a root cause analysis. A root cause analysis allows an employer to discover the underlying or systemic, rather than the generalized or immediate , causes of an incident. Correcting only an immediate cause may eliminate a symptom of a problem, but not the problem itself.
A successful root cause analysis identifies all root causes—there are often more than one. Consider the following example: A worker slips on a puddle of oil on the plant floor and falls. A traditional investigation may find the cause to be “oil spilled on the floor” with the remedy limited to cleaning up the spill and instructing the worker to be more careful.
A root cause analysis would reveal that the oil on the floor was merely a symptom of a more basic, or fundamental problem in the workplace. An employer conducting a root cause analysis to determine whether there are systemic reasons for an incident should ask:
It is important to consider all possible “what,” “why,” and “how” questions to discover the root cause(s) of an incident. In this case, a root cause analysis may have revealed that the root cause of the spill was a failure to have an effective mechanical integrity program—that includes inspection and repair that would prevent or detect oil leaks. In contrast, an analysis that focused only on the immediate cause (failure to clean up the spill) would not have prevented future incidents because there was no system to prevent, identify, and correct leaks.
Any investigation that focuses on a true root cause analysis with an objective outcome can reduce future incidents and revenue loos resulting from accurate corrective actions. It is difficult to establish a process, which is time consuming, and look internally at your safety program or system failures. It's easier to point a finger at an employee or human failure. It's time to change the status quo and begin looking at the real reason an incident happened. IT WILL REDUCE INCIDENTS AND SAVE YOU MONEY!
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