University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

Proactive Reporting Prevents Employee Accidents

The University of Chicago Medicine’s Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Department has implemented a new online self-reporting system in order to improve employees’ ability to proactively report unsafe conditions and hazards. The new system aims to prevent accidents and injuries.

The unsafe condition and hazard reporting process allows you to report anonymously or provide your contact information should you prefer receiving follow up communication concerning the status of the unsafe condition or hazard you reported.

"Most reporting systems concentrate on analyzing accidents and injury after they have already occurred, said Christopher Riddle, Director of Environmental Health and Safety. “The system will be a tool that will assist us in making the necessary improvements before an incident takes place."

These unsafe conditions and hazards include, but are not limited to, slips, trips and falls, fire, electrical, chemicals, machinery, noise, heat sources, material handling/lifting, and ergonomics.  The site is not to be used for reporting patient safety-related issues or events or issues involving cleanliness and building maintenance. 

To report an unsafe condition or hazard, use the following steps:

  • Click on Facilities, Planning, and Design & Construction under Quicklinks on the UCM intranet homepage to be taken to the FPD&C website.
  • Click Safety located in the navigation bar at the top of the website.
  • Click the Reporting Unsafe Conditions / Hazards link on the EHS page to complete the required fields
  • Click Submit Request to complete the process.

If the unsafe condition or hazard poses an immediate danger to life or health, always call the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 5-SAFE instead of reporting online.  

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