Hazard Identification

Certificate IV in Occupational Health and SafetyHazard identification is an important and vital element to ensure that your workplace is safe for all employees and is not putting anyone at risk on any given day. The critical purposes of a hazard identification inspection are to ensure that preventive actions are in place and to be proactive, not reactive.

A workplace should be inspected for potential hazards on a regular basis; however, they should also be conducted at unscheduled times – to notice items that may not have been observed if the inspection was at the same time of day each time it was conducted. The following suggestions should be taken into account when conducting a hazard identification inspection:

  • Open discussion within the team in regard to hazards, enabling all members of the team to identify hazards that may not be apparent

  • Don’t neglect hazards that others present and/or that might present something difficult to resolve

  • Remember at all times that the inspection is a construction process and negativity towards it should be contained. The idea of the inspection is to create a more productive and safe environment for all.

  • If you identify a hazard that is an immediate threat, ensure that action is taken immediately and that the hazard is resolved quickly.

  • Ensure that the outcomes of the workplace inspection are reported promptly, and that an action plan is in place with designated person identified.

  • At all times, follow rules and procedures in place.

A hazard identification inspection is an important aspect to every business, no matter how small or large. Every business or venue needs to take into consideration their employees’ and patrons’ wellbeing, and ensuring that the business is safe. Be proactive and not reactive. Conduct regular hazard inspections and protect your investment, your business.