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Conducting a risk assessment isn't the only way you can identify hazards in your workplace. Here are seven other ways...

by , 19 May 2015
It's your legal duty to look at all possible injuries and illnesses your workplace exposes your employees to. But that's easier said than done!

Here are seven ways you can identify hazards in your workplace and reduce the risk of injury or illness. And make sure you're OHS compliant...

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There are over 100 health and safety questions you need to ask to measure your health and safety system.

It would take you the entire day just to think of the 100 questions that you should be asking yourself when doing your internal audit.

And I know your next question…
What exactly ARE the 100 questions you should be answering?

And how do they determine if your health and safety system is compliant with the OHSAS18001 standards?

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Seven ways to identify hazards in your workplace

1. Conduct a baseline hazard survey
A baseline survey is an assessment of your entire workplace. For example, your work processes, equipment and facilities. It tells you what the hazards are, where they are, and how severe they could be.

2. Perform regular workplace inspections
Regular safety inspections help you determine if you were able to control or eliminate existing hazards. It also helps identify new ones. Investing in a product like the Risk Assessment Toolkit will help make sure you get this done quickly!

3. Do a job-hazard analysis
This is a method of identifying, assessing, and controlling hazards you associate with specific jobs. It does this by breaking the job down into tasks. You evaluate each task to identify hazards, and then decide how you'll control each hazard. It works best for jobs with hazards that are difficult to remove, and for jobs with a history of accidents or near misses. Involving your employees who perform these jobs can help you get a better understanding of the different ways they accomplish each task. It also helps you implement any need for change.

Read on for four more ways of identifying hazards…

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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer

When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses?

Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations?

There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building Regulations.

Health and safety laws apply to EVERY company, if you have more than 20 employees you have even greater obligations.


Four more ways to identify hazards in your workplace

4. Use safety data sheets
This helps identify chemical hazards. Make sure your employees understand and use them. Safety data sheets give information about a chemical's health effects, and safe practices for handling. You must prepare a list of your hazardous chemicals and have a data sheet for each hazardous chemical.

5. Look for new hazards whenever you change equipment, materials, or work processes
Determine what hazards could result from the changes and how to eliminate or control them. If your business works at many sites, you need to do a hazard assessment at each site.

6. Investigate accidents to determine root causes
Most accidents are preventable. Each one has root causes. Examples are poor supervision, too little training, or sloppy safety policies. When you remove or control the root cause, you can prevent the accident from happening again.

7. Investigate incidents to determine root causes
Investigate incidents as if they were accidents. And tell your employees what you will do to prevent it from happening again.

For practical health and safety advice, keep your copy of the Health and Safety Advisor close.

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