Hazard Identification

Hazard identification is a vital part of the workplace safety process.
The purpose of this procedure is to ensure there is a formal process for hazard identification and risk assessment which will effectively manage the hazards that may occur within the workplace.
These can include:
  • Purchasing: the equipment or chemicals purchased to run your business may introduce safety issues (e.g. plant and equipment; cleaning agents)
  • Work activities: in carrying out work tasks the physical and psychological demands of the tasks, equipment used, working environment can place employees at risk (e.g. repetitive movements, length of time spent on the computer, air quality, materials handling)
  • Contractors/casual employees/customers: other workers who come into the workplace can be at risk or place your employees at risk from the work activities they conduct (e.g. cleaning agents used by cleaners, electrical contractors, verbal abuse by customers).