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.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions about hazards in your workplace.