It would be a rare exception if an outline for a safety management system did not include a requirement for incidents to be investigated and analyzed. And that is appropriate; incident investigation is a vital element within a safety management system. The comments in section E6.2 of ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z10-2012, Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) (ANSI/AIHA/ASSE, 2012, p. 25), describe the benefits that can be obtained from incident investigations:
As Z10 proposes, organizations should learn from past experience to correct deficiencies in management systems and make modifications to avoid future incidents.
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