Accident Investigation 29 CFR 1904

OSHA’s Accident investigation standard (29 CFR 1904) is primarily a fact-finding procedure. The facts revealed are used to prevent recurrences of similar accidents in the future. The focus of accident investigation is to prevent future accidents and injuries in order to increase the safety and health of all employees. By establishing uniform requirements that ensure accidents are evaluated and controlled procedures can be implemented that reduce or prevent future occurrences, as well as provide proper hazard information to all affect workers.

The Outline:

The following course outline is designed to make employees aware of the need for accident investigations and the value gained from having performed an investigation.

  1. Principles
    1. Reasons for conducting accident investigations.
    2. Goal of an accident investigation.
    3. Roles of people involved in accident investigation.
      1. Supervisor
      2. Company Safety Professional
      3. Team Leader
      4. Trained Investigator
      5. Employee
    4. Types of accidents that should be investigated
      1. OSHA 300 log report
      2. Lost work days
      3. Near miss conditions
  2. Process
    1. Key steps required for all accident investigations.
    2. Way to interview witnesses in a non-confrontational manner.
    3. Main contributors to an accident.
    4. Methods used to determine accident causes.
NOTE: CSEM, Inc. may be contacted in the future to schedule a workplace evaluation and program review in an effort to help maintain compliance.
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