Investigation and reporting of accidents, occupational diseases and other incidents

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15. Investigation and reporting of accidents,
occupational diseases and other incidents
15.1. Investigation of accidents and other incidents
15.1.1. In order to assess the risks and take any corrective steps necessary, the
employer, in cooperation with workers and their representatives, should investigate
immediately:
(a) accidents and other incidents, whether or not they cause bodily injury;
(b) suspected and confirmed cases of occupational disease;
(c) situations where workers have removed themselves from danger;
(d) any other situation where there may be an unacceptable risk involving hazardous
chemicals.
15.1.2. The investigation should include a review of the existing control
measures.
15.2. Reporting of accidents, occupational diseases
and other incidents
15.2.1. Accidents, occupational diseases and other incidents involving hazardous
chemicals should be reported to the competent authority in accordance with national
laws and practice.
15.2.2. In the case of incidents leading to injury or illness, examples of reporting
requirements may include:
(a) periods of absence from work which may be prescribed by the competent
authority;
(b) work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment, or loss of consciousness,
resulting in either case from the absorption of any chemicals by inhalation,
ingestion or skin absorption;
(c) any other work-related injury or illness resulting in the injured or sick person being
admitted immediately into hospital and kept there for more than a period which
may be prescribed as reportable by the competent authority.
15.2.3. The competent authority may specify and periodically review which
diseases are prescribed as being of occupational origin and which require reporting, in
accordance with national laws or regulations.

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