Hazard Recognition

What is hazard recognition?

Hazard recognition is a general term used to describe the identification and recognition of a hazard. There are potentially hundreds of unique hazards which could injure an employee at work, but we are going to name some of the more serious or common ones.

What are some hazards which are commonly found in the workplace?

1. Presence of hazardous chemicals
2. Defective ladders
3. Disabled machine guards
4. Fall hazards such as, unprotected walking surface edges, manholes, skylights, etc.
5. Struck by incidents or contact with heavy equipment, machinery or other moving objects
6. Caught between hazards such as getting caught between heavy equipment, machinery or other moving objects
7. Electrocution hazards such as exposed wires, defective electrical equipment and deficient lockout tagout procedures
8. Obstructed walking / working surfaces
9. Forklift operators without valid operator certificates
10. Unsafe behavior

What can you do to recognize hazards before they injure or kill someone?

1. Perform a daily visual inspection of your work environment before and after your shift to see if any hazards are present
2. Report any hazards that you cannot safely correct yourself to management
3. Visually inspect tools, equipment and machines each day for hazards
4. Observe the work practices of others and your own to see if any hazards are presented during that course of work
5. Continually think of ways to improve processes so they become safer and more efficient
6. Report any unauthorized behavior such as horseplay, use of equipment without valid certification, etc.

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