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Environment, Health and Safety Division

Occupational Safety

Occupational Injury and Illness Review

LBNL employees must report report all work-related injuries or illnesses to their supervisor and Health Services.  A work-related injury  (or illness) means that the injury occurred either at a LBNL facility or while conducting LBNL related activities elsewhere.

LBNL reviews all work-related injuries or illnesses.

LBNL expectations for reporting and reviewing work related injuries and illnesses are based on the need to assure that:

  • Appropriate health care is provided in response to an injury (or illness)
  • Cause of injury is determined
  • Measures are implemented that will prevent or reduce the likelihood of recurrence
  • Injury Review Process

    LBNL work related injury and illness reviews are conducted under the direction of the Environment/Health/Safety Division's Injury Review Program (see PUB 3000, Ch. 5.1).

    Injury review is directed by the Injury Review Program Manager.

    Injury review is a collaborative effort on the part of the Injury Review Program; Health Services; and division line management (typically through the division Safety Coordinator), work lead, employee, and subject matter experts.

    Each review is tailored to the nature of an event and is responsive to the individual safety management needs of involved divisions.  Injury review does not look for or assign fault.  The intent is to determine how injuries will be prevented in the future.

    An injury review consists of:

  • Investigation
  • Analysis of data
  • Identification of causal factors
  • Corrective actions
  • Report
  • investigation timeline


    Factual information about equipment, materials, location,  conditions and personnel is harvested under neutral perspective.

    Analysis of Data

    The information is processed and analyzed to determine what caused the injury or illness.  Some investigators are trained in the application of specialized causal analysis techniques and will be assigned to an investigation when this is required.   Further information on causal analysis at LBNL can be found in PUB 5519-2.

    ISM Analysis

    Maximum improvement in LBNL systems and work performance is achieved when the root causes of an injury are related to weaknesses in the integration of safety management with the work performed.  The ISM analysis relates the causal factors to improvements that may be made in management of our work at the institutional and division levels.

    Corrective Actions

    Corrective actions are proposed that will be effective in preventing or reducing the likelihood or recurrence of the injury.

    Investigation Report

    A report is prepared to document and communicate the investigation information, findings and corrective actions.

    Injury Review Tool Kit

    Some tools are provided to aid the review team members.  They may be formally used as part of the review’s formal documentation or simply used as reference guidance.

    Incident Investigation: Questions

    Incident Investigation: ISM Analysis

    Incident Investigation: Corrective Actions


    Please contact: Melanie Alexandre at for any questions about Berkeley Lab Injury and Illness Program.