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Seven workplace hazards you MUST look for during a risk assessment

by , 03 June 2014
When you do a risk assessment, you carefully check all the activities in your company and identify which activities come with possible hazards. You then check if those hazards can cause serious accidents.

If you don't know what you're looking for this is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.

That's why we've identified the seven workplace hazards you must look for. Read on to find out exactly what you should look for during your risk assessment.

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You must look for these seven workplace hazards when you do a risk assessment 

The Health and Safety Advisor lists the following workplace hazards you must look for during your risk assessment
 
1. Structural hazards
The condition of a physical structure or building where your employees do their work can be a structural hazard. For example, if there are cracks in the walls of your office building or store, it's a structural hazard.
 
2. Microenvironment hazards
The immediate working environment or microenvironment can impact your employees and this is a microenvironment hazard.
 
3. People hazards
Your employees' behavior can cause hazards. Because of this, they're the most difficult type of hazard to manage.
 
4. Material hazards
Your employees use different materials, such as wood, metal, chemicals or glass during their work activities. All of these have different characteristics and, therefore, pose different hazards to look for.
 
5. Equipment hazards
The equipment your employees use in their tasks also have their own related risks. These can differ depending on the age and condition of the machinery too.
 
But here's the thing: When you combine some of these hazards, new hazards can crop up…
 
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Two hazards that come from combining other hazards

6. Process hazards
When you combine the hazards of materials, equipment and people in the process of an activity you get new process driven hazards.
 
7. Macroenvironment hazards
Your work processes can affect the macroenvironment and cause problems such as water, air and ground pollution. 
 
There you have it: When doing a risk assessment, you must look for these seven types of hazards and risks for effective safety management.  
 

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