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An Overview of Incident Investigation and Reporting

Robert B. Coulter, P.E.

This course provides the user with an overview of incident investigation. The motivation for this course is to outline a procedure of incident investigation that is objective and satisfies most regulatory requirements. Many incident investigations and reports are done with prejudice. Conclusions and recommendations are often predetermined to suit the goals of the investigators. This could occur intentionally or unintentionally. In this course an effort is made to present a means to minimize the bias that can enter an investigation. Also, an incident investigation procedure/format that is in general compliance with OSHA/EPA regulations is difficult to find. One can usually obtain from OSHA or EPA an outline for an investigation procedure. These usually do not have much practical value in that they are usually for a specific regulation or simply outline the procedure that OSHA or EPA agents should use for their own investigations. Most facilities must comply with multiple investigation/reporting requirements as listed in various OSHA and EPA regulations. This course outlines a general procedure designed to comply with most OSHA and EPA regulations. It is not possible to ensure compliance with ALL regulations; however, by following the guidelines in this course one should be able to minimize repeat investigations and reports. This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.

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