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Determining Serious Injury and Fatality Exposure Potential

Determining Serious Injury and Fatality Exposure Potential

Research has shown that the causes of serious injuries and fatalities (SIF) are different from those of less serious injuries, and the potential for serious injury is low for the majority (typically 80%) of non-SIF injuries. Measuring the rate of potential SIFs—both the exposures that resulted in an actual SIF plus those that could have but did not—provides organizations with sufficient data points to track changes in exposure to life-threatening incidents. By reducing the rate of potential SIFs, leaders also reduce the opportunity for SIFs to occur.

This white paper explores how leaders can establish an SIF potential classification process for tracking exposures with life-altering risk. We cover:

  • The importance of potential in preventing serious injuries
  • Definitions of serious injury and potential
  • Classification schemes for identifying incidents with SIF potential
  • Examples for how to apply exposure potential criteria