Introduction to the incident report process.
The CDG uses a near miss reporting system to learn from past incidents and avoid repeating them. Further and continuous education and training at all levels in the Group can then be facilitated. A near miss is an unplanned, uncontrolled event which could hurt someone or damaged something. All near misses have the potential to have serious consequences, it is simply the severity of the consequences that separate the big incidents from the small ones. Learning from near misses can therefore be a relatively cheap way to prevent future hurt or damage. The only people who can provide this are those involved. This is why the reporting system must include everyone - including CDG members, non-members, sherpas: everyone.
Guidelines on incident reporting
The CDG reporting system collects data from anyone with a relevant story to
tell, where others can learn from the information in it. The report form is
in two sections.
The first section asks for a description of the incident. Please try to give all relevant information, whilst being as succinct as possible. Descriptions may be edited if necessary. The second section is supporting information that will only be used for statistical information.
Please also read the CDG policy on incident reporting (PDF 7.3k)
Please be aware there is a fine line between advising of a potential hazard and maintaining confidentiality. It is not the CDG's aim to embarrass anyone. The full details provided can be seen by the incidents administrator only. You can opt to make the incident public or keep it private. Only the first part of the report form will be released if it is made public. The CDG reserves the right to publish heavily edited and restricted information where the public value is considered to justify this, such as might occur if an important equipment malfunction was described. If you want the information to be edited in this way, please state 'For editing' on the description of the incident.
Link to report form proper
Incidents reporting front page