Identifying Hazards

Hazards cause accidents and so they need to be controlled. However, we cannot control hazards that have not been identified. Simple inspection checklists may identify:

  1. physical hazards, such as:

    • obstructed gangways

    • defects in flooring

    • misplaced or broken machinery guarding

    • frayed or trailing electrical cables

    • damaged or faulty portable hand tools

    • hazardous chemicals not adequately contained.

  2. health hazards, such as:

    • lifting and handling heavy loads

    • repetitive handling tasks

    • high noise levels

    • cold working conditions

    • radiation

    • harmful dusts or vapours

    • work-related stress.

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