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We are trying to define what constitutes a "Serious Incident" in order to put a post-serious incident testing policy into place. Does anyone have an example of how a "Serious Incident" could be defined?
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The 2012 Palm Beach County (FL) "Accident and Incident Reporting" policy (PPM #CW-O-007) defines an "incident" as: "Any occurence in which County-owned property is damaged or lost, private property is damaged due to possible negligence on the part of the County, and/or a County employee (or volunteer) is injured. This includes all vehicular accidents involving County-owned vehicles, accidents involving non-owned vehicles driven by County employees if there are injuries or property damage and non-vehicular incidents involving threats of violence on County property or to/by County employees." While the term "serious incident" is not defined in the PPM, procedures outlined in Section II.-A require staff to contact 911 police or medical emergency services, and the County's Emergency Operations Center, if the incident (or injury) is determined by staff to be "serious" in nature.
Thanks Robert! One of the big decisions that we are trying to make is whether or not to define "serious incident", since it is almost impossible to encompass all of the potential situations under one definition. The reason that we are thinking about defining it is to get more consistency in "serious incident" reporting.
Sep 20 2012
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