A near miss is a potential hazard or incident that has not resulted in any personal injury, illness, or damage. Unsafe working conditions, unsafe employee work habits, improper use of equipment, and use of malfunctioning equipment have the potential to cause work related injuries. It is everyone’s responsibility to report and/or make the necessary corrections, immediately, to the unsafe environment and/or practice.
This Near Miss Reporting System is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive, and secure reporting system. It has been created with the goal of improving safety at Boston University (BU) and Boston Medical Center (BMC). Submitted reports will be reviewed by Environmental Health and Safety (Environmental Health & Safety) staff. You may submit reports anonymously if desired. As appropriate, near misses will be investigated to the extent possible with findings and any corrective actions being posted on the EHS website for other BU and BMC community members to use as a learning tool.
If an injury occurred, it should be reported through other channels. See the Accident and Incident Reporting webpage for information regarding injuries. If there is an immediate emergency, please contact:
- Charles River Campus (Charles River Campus): Boston University Police at 617-353-2121
- Boston University Medical Center (Boston University Medical Campus): Public Safety at 617-414-4444
Additionally, please consult the Emergency Response Flip-Chart.
Please complete this form as a means to report near miss situations, report safety concerns, or make suggestions regarding safety.