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Recording and Reporting Incidents, Injuries and Hazardous Situations

The supervisor, worker or student must complete the McMaster Injury/Incident Report form and email it to FHSSO.

The incident/injury report provides a framework to investigate events that have occurred and identify corrective measures to prevent a reoccurrence. It is one method of reducing incidents or injuries in a workplace. Review the Investigation Protocol. All supervisors are required to take Accident Investigation (ACCINV) training on Mosaic.

McMaster University requires all workers and students to report all incidents, injuries and hazardous situations to their supervisor as soon as possible after the event. The McMaster University Risk Management Manual #1000 identifies the requirements of the program.

Critical Injury Reporting

A Critical Injury must be reported immediately to EOHSS at extension 24352 or the FHS Safety Office at extension 24956.

Critical Injury Defined — Regulation 834 defines an injury of a serious nature that,

  • Places life in jeopardy;
  • Produces unconsciousness;
  • Results in substantial loss of blood;
  • Involves the fracture of a leg or arm but not a finger or a toe;
  • Involves the amputation of a leg, arm, hand or foot but not a finger or a toe;
  • Consists of burns to a major portion of the body;
  • Causes the loss of sight in an eye.

Supervisors are required to know this definition and ensure a report is made. This report is vital to allow an investigation into the circumstances of the injury to begin right away.

There are short timelines for reporting a Critical Injury to the Ministry of Labour or the University will incur penalties for being late with a report.


In the event one of the following occurs;

  • If a staff or student has an injury and seeks first aid, seeks medical attention or loses time from work,
  • If you see a contravention of the Act,
  • If you see a hazardous situation,
  • Or you experience an exposure,

you should report the event using the McMaster Injury/Incident Report form.

You can also visit our office at HSC 1J11A, e-mail FHSSO or phone at extension 24956.

It is important that if you did not seek healthcare as a result of the injury/incident/hazardous situation, but subsequently do, that you notify Employee Health Services, ext. 23564, immediately so that an evaluation for an insurance claim can be initiatied.  This is a time sensitive process.  We will follow-up with the supervisor to ensure the incident report is complete, has been investigated and any required notifications have been made by the supervisor.

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