An "incident" refers to any accident or injury, or to any situation that could potentially lead to an accident or injury.
In the event of an incident, all employees are required to inform their supervisor so that an "incident report" can be filed.
Reports are to be filled out within 24 hours of an incident, either by a worker directly involved in the incident, a worker witness to the incident, or a supervisor of the workplace in which the incident occured.
Note that certain serious injuries fall under the definition of a "critical injury." In the event of a critical injury, the supervisor must immediately notify EOHSS and ensure that the scene of the incident remains undisturbed until formally inspected.
Incident reports serve a number of purposes.
Foremost, they provide a record of the incident so that, in the event of claims or lost work-time, appropriate benefits and compensation can be provided.
As well, incident reports may help to identify specific hazards or trends that could otherwise escape detection, providing motivation to have the situation remedied.
Incident reports should be filed for any physical injury, no matter how apparently insignificant.
Incident report forms can be downloaded here.