From: Stephen Stepenuck <sstepenuck**At_Symbol_Here**NE.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Reporting of near-misses
Date: March 28, 2013 1:24:53 AM EDT
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I think I've cautioned about this before, but:

Lacking a cohesive department where *every* faculty member is on board with
such a policy, and/or lacking an effective administrative presence, there is
the sad but real prospect that a "paper" trail might result that could make
it look like only students of those conscientious folk who reported the
near-misses [and accidents] were getting hurt. Heaven forbid that a
student should be injured and you find yourself in court, because opposing
counsel could and would mop the floor with you, using the [incomplete]
record that could make the worst problem faculty look better than you with
respect to safety.

That said, reporting near-misses is obviously the right thing to do to help
improve everyone's working conditions. This sounds like the anonymous
reporting system should encourage more honest reporting, at least with
multiple facilities involved [to camouflage the guilty]--but that does not
show you as well where you need to focus improvement efforts in your own
operations. Good luck!

Steve Stepenuck

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