Reporting Incidents

Being safe at the University of Michigan (U-M) includes not only being safe when performing research, it also means reporting “incidents” that include near misses, injuries resulting from your activities, non-compliance with safety and environmental rules, and general unsafe work conditions.  If you notice or experience any of these incidents, report them to U-M, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS).  We will investigate the cause of the incident, implement correction actions, and share lessons learned with others in a similar type of activity.

  • Prior to reporting an incident to EHS, individuals experiencing a serious or life threatening injury or illness must seek medical attention first:
    • Call 911, or
    • Seek medical care at the U-M Emergency Room
  • Individuals experiencing a non-life threatening issue should visit:
    • U-M Occupational Health Services during business hours
    • U-M Emergency Room after business hours and on weekends
  • Students experiencing a non-life threatening issue should:

Reporting a Work-Related Incident

All incidents that result in injury or illnesses must be reported to Work Connections using the Illness or Injury Report Form.

Incidents relating to research must also be reported to EHS.  Complete the Laboratory Incident and Near Miss Report Form for research-related incidents involving:

  • Near misses
  • Fires/Explosions
  • Property damage
  • Injuries
  • Illnesses

Complete the Laboratory Incident and Near Miss Report Form for research-related (laboratory) incidents or the Shop/Studio Incident and Near Miss Report for incidents at all other locations.

Reporting Non-Compliance with Safety or Environmental Rules or Unsafe Working Conditions:

To report non-compliance or unsafe working conditions, use one of the following methods:

  • Call EHS at (734) 647-1143 for non-compliance with regulations and U-M policies.  EHS will protect the identity of the caller, if requested, during the investigation and subsequent resolution of the issue.  In many instances safety and environmental issues need to be addressed immediately to prevent further issues.  We recommend you use this method as it will receive immediate attention by EHS staff.
  • Contact the U-M Compliance Hotline to report an issue.  The Compliance Hotline uses a third party to handle the calls; enabling the caller to remain anonymous.  However you should be aware as the issue works its way through the system it may be a matter of days before it reaches an EHS staff person for investigation, so if your situation involves an imminent hazard we highly recommend a direct call to EHS for assistance.  For more information on compliance at U-M or to report an issue, click the following link:

Compliance Hotline