This free tool helps remove the guess work to quickly and
accurately determine whether an incident has SIF potential
When an incident has SIFp, a serious injury or fatality is
reasonably likely to occur if this exposure continues
uncontrolled. The key word in this definition is "reasonably".
Could a paper cut result in a fatality? Yes. Is it reasonably
The SIF Potential Indicator is easy to use:
Identify the Exposure: Select from 15
exposure categories to identify the vulnerability involved in
Determine the SIFp: Answer a series of
category-specific questions that help determine SIFp.
If you cannot answer all the questions confidently, you can
return to the tool after you have the information needed and use
it as many times as you need – at no cost.
A few tips to help you determine the exposure:
Be Thorough: Take time to review the exposure
definitions and examples. Rely on the definitions to select
the correct exposure category.
Think Critically: Incidents are often the
result of a chain of events. To determine SIFp, analyze the
last link in the chain that created the exposure or
vulnerability. For example, if a forklift struck a rack and
caused a pallet of material to fall, the vulnerability would
be to the worker who was struck by a falling object. The
forklift was the agent that caused the final common pathway
Identify the Event Energy Source:
If the energy came solely from the person’s
movement, the exposure will likely be Struck Against/by
Personal Contact or Ergonomic Risk Factor.
If the incident involved any type of motorized vehicle,
then the exposure will likely be Motorized Vehicle
Operation or (Pedestrian) Struck by Motorized Vehicle.
There are three additional Struck By categories tied to
specific energy sources the created vulnerability:
Struck by Falling/Flailing or Rolling object;
projectile or load moving horizontally
- Struck by/Contact with Stored Energy
- Struck by/Contact with Power Tool
Use Your Best Judgement: No set of
exposure categories will be 100% inclusive nor will every
incident description be clear enough to determine the final
link in the chain. If you are unable to decide between two
exposures, re-run the Indicator for both exposures. The most
crucial determination is SIFp, not the specific exposure.
Organizational Expertise: The Indicator
reflects DEKRA’s understanding of the science and
leverages our extensive experience in SIF Prevention. Your
organization may take a different view based on your expertise
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