Hazard Recognition and Assessment
A hazard is defined as a chance; a chance of being injured or harmed by a possible source of danger. Jobsites are filled with many different hazards- whether it's the task you are performing, task others are performing around you, equipment, chemicals, heat sources, or weather conditions. Hazards should be recognized and eliminated through engineering controls, administrative controls, and as a last resort, personal protective equipment.
How can hazards assessment benefit me?
Assessing hazards protects you and co-workers from injury, economic loss, and even death. It also helps companies control costs so they remain profitable and better situated to offer workers bonuses, raises and other benefits.
What am I required to do as part of assessing hazards?
The only requirement workers face in connection with hazards assessment is executing
any hazard-mitigation suggestions offered by our company or local, state, and federal regulating organizations.
What should I look for when assessing hazards?
• Existing hazards
• Potential hazards
• Workers' qualifications
• Hazardous work processes
• Necessary PPE
What should I do after spotting a hazard?
• Determine the hazard's level
• Communicate the hazard(s)
• Mitigate hazard levels
• Monitor and update fixes to hazards
• Document the steps you've taken to correct the hazards
Safety is everyone's responsibility. It's important that everyone develop an interest in following safe practices both on and off the job and in correcting unsafe conditions before someone gets hurt.