OHSAS 18001 Incident Reporting

 Regrettably, EcoVadis tolerates incomplete incident reporting. As for occupational health and safety, EcoVadis only expects reporting on the accident severity rate and the accident frequency rate. That kind of reporting is not the state of the art anymore. EcoVadis allows OHSAS 18001 certified suppliers to get away with incomplete reporting (many of them still keep doing that) although “accident” in OHSAS 18001:1999 for a good reason has been replaced by “incident” in OHSAS 18001:2007. Since 2007, according to clause 3.8 (ill health) and 3.9 (incident) there are twelve kinds of incidents:

12 Incidents in Occupational Health & Safety

In words:
Incidents which …

          … have caused physical ill health
          … have worsened physical ill health
          … could have caused physical ill health
          … could have worsened physical ill health
          … have caused mental ill health
          … have worsened mental ill health
          … could have caused mental ill health
          … could have worsened mental ill health
          … have caused injury
          … could have caused injury
          … have caused fatality
          … could have caused fatality

    Or in other words (strictly following clause 3.8 and clause 3.9 of OHSAS 18001:2007):
    Incidents in which …
          … physical ill health occurred
          … physical ill health worsened
          … physical ill health could have occurred
          … physical ill health could have worsened
          … mental ill health occurred
          … mental ill health worsened
          … mental ill health could have occurred
          … mental ill health could have worsened
          … injury occurred
          … injury could have occurred
          … fatality occurred
          … fatality could have occurred

     
    “Incident” and “ill health” according to OHSAS 18001:

    • Incident: Work-related event(s) in which
      • an injury
      • or ill health (regardless of severity)
      • or fatality

      occurred, or could have occurred.

    • Ill health: Identifiable, adverse physical or mental condition arising from and/or made worse by a work activity and/or work-related situation.

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