What is a hazard?

What is a hazard?

Hazard is a word that you hear a lot when discussing health and safety.

It can cover a wide variety of things; let’s cover this in more detail so you know what to do with the hazards in your workplace.

What is a hazard?

A hazard is something that has the potential to cause:

  • Harm – this can be an injury, ill-health or both of these.
  • Loss – includes production and reputational loss.
  • Or damage – can be to buildings, plant and / or equipment.

Hazards generally fall into six broad categories:

  • Mechanical – for example shearing / cutting from machinery.
  • Environmental – factors such as waste, pollution, weather etc.
  • Physical – includes hazards such as manual handling and slips, trips and falls.
  • Biological – such as Legionella and Weils Disease.
  • Chemical – includes acids, irritants and harmful substances.
  • Organisation – factors such as work pressures, bullying etc.

Safety Hazards

Some common hazards found in the workplace include:

  • Slips, Trips and Falls.
  • Hazardous substances.
  • Ergonomic hazards such as an incorrect workstation set-up.
  • Fire hazards such as faulty electrical equipment.

Some hazards are easier to identify that others. Hazards that are more difficult to spot include noise, radiation and stress.

How can I control hazards in my workplace?

Hazards come in many different forms, and they all require different control measures and procedures depending on the hazard.

We offer a number of online training courses which cover a lot of common health and safety hazards including Asbestos, Hazardous Substances and Fire.

We also offer a variety of consultancy services looking at specific hazards in more detail such as fire risk assessments and noise monitoring surveys.

Contact us on 01394 389683 or info@safetyboss.co.uk if you have any questions about hazards in your workplace.


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