What is a workplace hazard?
A hazard is anything in the workplace that has the potential to harm people.
Hazard types can include (but not limited to):
~ Objects, items, equipment in the workplace, such as machinery or dangerous chemicals.
~ The way work is done. Such as manual handling, excessive noise and fatigue.
A risk arises when it’s possible that a hazard will actually cause harm. The risk of a hazard is based on Probability & Consequences. Factors such as:
~ How often the job is done
~ The number of workers involved
~ The likelihood of injury
~ How serious any injuries that result could be
Hazards and Risk Assessments
Workplace Assessment begins with consulting staff on any potential health and safety issues they have become aware of and also a physical walk through of the workplace looking for potential hazards and typically follows four steps:
1. Finding hazards
2. Assessing the degree of severity of a possible injury and the likelihood of injury from a hazard
3. Fixing the problems by deciding on the most effective risk controls that are reasonably practicable
4. Reviewing your risk controls and checking that they work effectively
Information sources: www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au, www.worksafe.vic.gov.au
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