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How to Identify Hazards in the Workplace

How to Identify Hazards in the Workplace

The ability to identify a hazard is crucial for any workplace manager or supervisor. If you are responsible for the safety of everyone in the building, it is important to know how to effectively identify risk.


At Jim’s Test & Tag we specialise in risk assessment, as well as implementing safe solutions in your workplace. You can ask us for help at any time, but there are also a few steps you can take on your own to make sure you are being proactive about safety.

 

How can I identify hazards and minimise risk?

1. Communication

Chat with employees about any safety risks they may have observed. Have a clear idea about who will be performing what tasks and when – this will help you identify potential hazards as well as employee specific safety requirements (including verification that each person completing the task has the required accreditation). Encourage an environment of open communication – ideally, your employees should feel comfortable reporting any safety concerns and work easily with you to identify any workplace hazards.

2. Awareness

Make sure you are aware of any high risk activities that may be about to occur in your business. This could include working with new machinery or changes to work processes. You should be aware of any changes to procedures or equipment before they happen so that staff can be briefed and trained in safe practice. Having an awareness of changes in the workplace makes it much easier to identify and manage risk.

3. Research

Having an informed understanding of the risks associated with a task makes it easier to identify the correct way to manage a hazard. You should research the appropriate safety standards for each task and be aware of your workplace obligations. Jim’s Test & Tag are available should you have any questions about what kind of testing and hazard prevention standards to adhere to.

4. Action

Once you think you have identified a hazard in the workplace, you need to take action. Any health and safety issues that could be affecting your employees need to be taken seriously and dealt with promptly. You can consult with your superiors or with the relevant regulatory safety associations to determine the best solution for your problem. Safe Work Australia have some fantastic resources for businesses who are proactive about safety.

 

Knowing your risks

Workplace hazards vary based on the nature of each workplace. Knowing the common risks for people working in your industry will help you identify hazards in the workplace. Below are some common risks for people working in various national industries:

Construction

  • Manual handling

  • Slips, trips and falls

  • Electrocution

  • Structural collapse

Office Work

  • Slips, trips and falls

  • Damaged electrical cords or overloaded power points

Hospitality

  • Manual handling

  • Cuts and lacerations

  • Hearing loss

You can find a comprehensive list of the risks associated with your industry on the WorkSafe website. Once you have identified the potential risks in your workplace, it will be easier to spot a potential hazard. Your ability to identify a hazard will be advanced by your familiarity with common issues.

 

How do I eliminate risk?

The best way to avoid potential tragedy is prevention. At Jim’s Test & Tag we provide a range of safety testing services, as well as fire and electrical risk assessment. We can help you manage the maintenance of your safety equipment, as well as ensure your appliances and electrical systems are in safe working order. Our experienced technicians strictly adhere to the latest Australian health and safety standards, and are aware of your routine obligations. You can contact us to find out more information about the potential risks in your workplace.

 

Do you need help with hazard in your workplace? Contact Jim’s Test & Tag today on 131 546 for a free quote.