Workplace hazards are everywhere. They can include: objects, substances, materials, energy, conditions of the site, and processes of the work. Identifying hazards that pertain to your work is incredibly important, as well as setting the suitable plans in motion to ensure the safety of you and those around you.
Types of hazards
There are a wide range of hazards that can be identified, these generally fall into various categories. For example, a hazard may be biological or physical. Remember that the previous two were only examples and each site will have its own hazards and safety concerns which must be investigated on a thorough site by site basis before and work is carried out.
With the proper care and attention, most hazards can be identified, and suitable steps taken to ensure worker safety.
- Narrow pathways and areas of high traffic should always be free from debris, the site must be continually cleaned.
- Be vigilant of co-worker locations
- Take into consideration a workers’ consciousness and state of mind when working in a highly stressful environment.
- Safety equipment must be used appropriately and maintained to the highest standard.
- Unsafe working processes must be reported.
- The supervisor must be made aware of all hazards that are present on the current site.
Take look at the HSE’s guidance on risk management and identifying hazards.