Log Keeping Training

Log-keeping plays an integral part in any incident response. Good logs are important to the decision-making process and for their post-incident evidential value. They also allow lessons to be learned and will benefit those involved in emergency planning and response in the future. It is therefore essential that those keeping logs do so to best practice standards and understand their importance.

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This 1-day course has been designed to help ensure both decision-makers and loggists keep logs according to best practice standards.

Participants will gain an understanding of how and why to write timely and accurate logs during and after a major incident. The training will also help participants develop an objective and critical eye in relation to the logs they produce. The importance of these documents from a practical and legal perspective will be highlighted and participants will be gain the necessary competencies and confidence to ensure their written material can be relied upon in any subsequent legal proceedings.

The learning is reinforced by practical exercises and the course can also, if required, include post-incident report writing.

Key learning points

  • Why logs are important
  • How to keep a log
  • How to record sensitive material
  • How to pool recollections
  • How to keep an incident log
  • How to keep a radio/communications log
  • How to keep a decision-maker’s log
  • Appropriate content, language, layout, format, structure and style for post-incident reports