Hazards exist in every workplace and are faced by employees each and every day. But, how are you supposed to know exactly which hazards pose the most danger to your employees? This takes on added importance as an employer as employers in Ontario are legally obligated to ensure that their employees are aware of any hazard that may cause them harm while taking every reasonable precaution to protect them against these safety risks. By better identifying the safety hazards in your workplace, and determining how to best protect your employees against these hazards and reducing risk, you can eliminate the downtime, injuries and potential legal issues you would otherwise face.
Our Training Offering
Contact 1 Contact Safety and let us train your team, health and safety committee and employees on how to identify safety hazards, assess the level of risk and form strategies for how to mitigate these risks to protect your employees. Our systems will find ways to either eliminate or reduce the risk so that workers are not injured on the job. Specifically, our Hazard Identification Training system will guide you through all aspects of workplace hazards such as slips, trips and falls to bigger dangers like fire and electrical hazards. Our comprehensive course will explain in detail what you need to know, emphasize key points and test your knowledge retention after each module while meeting and exceeding Occupational Health and Safety standards.
By completing this course, you will improve the overall safety of your workplace by learning the following hazard identification skills and knowledge:
An overview of the relevant federal and provincial health and safety legislation;
How to identify and assess potential safety hazards within your workplace depending on the context, situation and work environment;
Hazard identification methods and tactics such as workplace inspections, hazard or job mapping, and checklists;
How to determine which hazards should be prioritized, controlled and (if possible) completely eliminated;
How to conceptualize, develop and implement a comprehensive hazard control system; and,
How to assess the efficacy of your hazard control systems.
How Will Benefit From This Hazard Identification Course:
While any number of roles and functions will benefit from the content of this course, there are certain members of your organization that will benefit the most. These job roles include workplace owners, managers, site supervisors and all the members of your health and safety committee. Individual employees may also benefit from a full training course on hazard identification and prevention. However, this course is absolutely essential for anyone within a managerial or supervisory role as employers are legally obligated to inform their employees of potential safety hazards and risks, as well as take all reasonable precautions to identify and control for hazards within the workplace.
What is a workplace hazard?
According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, an occupational or workplace hazard is an object, thing or situation with the potential to cause harm or injure an employee in the workplace. Occupational hazards are further broken down into two main categories: safety hazards that may cause a physical injury to an employee and health hazards that may result in the development of a disease.
Hazard or a risk?
What’s the difference between a risk and a hazard? While a hazard is identified as something that can cause harm or injury to an employee, risk is identified as the chance or likelihood that harm will occur. While you may not be able to eliminate a workplace hazard, you can reduce the risk or chance that it will cause injury to your employees with hazard controls.
Dealing with hazards
Workplace hazards can be controlled in a variety of ways including administrative controls (scheduling maintenance, job cycling, etc.), engineering (substituting one piece of equipment, process or material for a less hazardous one), or through the use of personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, hard hats and others.
Dealing with workplace hazards
How should employers deal with workplace hazards? As we’ve mentioned above, employers must ensure their employees are aware of the hazards they’ll face during day-to-day operations and take all reasonable precautions to reduce the risks associated with those hazards. According to the Ministry of Labour, workplace hazards should be dealt with using a 3 pronged approach including the recognition of the hazard, a proper assessment of the hazard and the risk involved, and finally develop any necessary hazard controls to mitigate the risks involved.
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If you need help with hazard identification practices and controls, get in touch with 1 Contact Safety today! Our comprehensive training course will help you ensure compliance with the MOL and OHSA, as well as reduce downtime and improve productivity / workplace safety. Simply click on the button below to get started: