SIF: Serious Injury and Fatality

Incident Determination and Reporting Guidelines

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on how to define and report Serious Injury or Fatality (SIF) incidents including those that were actual SIF injuries/Illness or determined to have had the potential to be SIF.  Our goal is for you to return all employees home safely at the end of each work day.

In this document we’ve defined the four main reporting categories of SIF which are Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF), Life-Threatening Injury/Illness, Life-altering Injury/Illness and SIF Potential Incident which will help you report these incidents correctly. At the end of the day, proper reporting can effectively help prevent serious injuries and fatalities through awarenes. Accurate reporting will give you a clear view of what risks need to be addressed and prevented.

In addition to the definitions that aid in proper reporting we’ve included the SIF Potential Determination Criteria Table. This table can be used to determine if a reportable injury/illness incident, first-aid incident near miss or exposing condition should be classified as having SIF Potential. We’ve also explained how to determine if the incident does not have SIF potential.

You can calculate your SIF rate (for corporate reporting) with a simple formula supplied as a part of this document. This is your outcome metric that measures frequency of employees and contractors who experienced a reportable injury that was SIF (Fatality, Life-altering/Life-Threatening) or had SIF potential.

How leaders respond to failure matters which is why we’ve provided a guide to meet corporate expectations for leadership reviews, corporate statistics reporting, issuing incident alerts and completing incident investigations for actual and SIF Potential Incidents. When failure hapens it should be used as a learning opportunity to eliminate future incidents

We’ve also created a graphic that illustrates how increasing visibility can reduce incidence which can in turn help eliminate work-related fatalities. Ultimateley, proper reporting will make this possible, so promoting reporting is vital when it comes to improving overal safety results, and SIF potential will be significantly reduced.

We hope these guidelines help you eliminate work-related fatalities.