Hazards, Risks, Assessments and Why They Are Important is a huge subject but really all boils down to a basic recipe. Here are your ingredients and directions to a perfect safety program.
– A hazard is any danger or risk that poses a level of threat to life, health, property or environment.
– A risk is the chance, high or low, that any hazard will actually cause bodily harm.
– An assessment is the process of identifying hazards so they can be eliminated or controlled.
Hazards and Legislation
Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) state that employers must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers, provide information and instruction, and to ensure that workers properly use or wear the required equipment. This includes assessing or identifying and controlling all of the hazards in the workplace that could cause injury or illness to your employees. These hazards must then be eliminated or controlled. Employers, Supervisors and workers can be prosecuted for not complying with the law.
How hazard assessments can affect your business…
Injuries and illness can cause great emotional and financial hardship to a business and its work force. Assessing and controlling hazards will help to alleviate all of these.
What can we do?
* Hire a Safety Specialist to ensure that an accurate assessment is completed and;
* Initiate a hazard control program that;
a) Controls hazards by
– Elimination (or substitution) of the hazard from the workplace or substituting it
– Engineering controls in the design or modification to plants, equipment, ventilation systems, confined spaces and processes to reduce the source of exposure
– Applying administrative controls by altering the way the work is done, including timing, policies and other rules and procedures
– Providing appropriate personal protective equipment and making sure it is properly worn and properly maintained
b) Includes a written policy outlining the methods being used to control the exposure and how the controls will be monitored
c) Lists all of the steps necessary to protect workers from exposure to a substance or system, and the procedures necessary to monitor worker exposure and their health to hazards like chemicals, materials or substances, or noise or vibration
In closing, Hazards, Risks, Assessments and Why They Are Important is a huge subject and should be handled with care just like our lives, so please remember this basic recipe for a successful safety program.
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