OSHA: Identifying Workplace Hazards

As an employer, it is your job to provide your employees with a safe and healthy work environment. Regardless of your line of work, people need to know they can complete their assignments and go home safely to their families at the end of the day. However, while some workplace hazards are easy to identify, others are much more difficult to spot.

OSHA recently released a new Hazard Identification Training Tool, designed to help small business owners and workers identify workplace hazards. The interactive, online, game-based training tool was designed to make people more aware of safety risks and to increase familiarity with information and resources available on the OSHA website.

Tips to Identify Workplace and Safety Hazards

Workplace hazards come in a variety of forms, including safety, chemical and biological, stress, violence, and ergonomic issues. It’s important to constantly monitor your place of business for these threats, as the earlier they’re identified, the easier it is to prevent harm to your employees.

In order to accurately identify health and safety problems in your workplace, OSHA recommends finding the answers to the following five questions:

  1. Do you or your co-workers have injuries or health complaints? If so, what types?
  2. Who has been hurt or is having symptoms?
  3. When do you or your co-workers feel these symptoms?
  4. Where in the workplace are safety or health problems occurring?
  5. What are the conditions that are causing problems?

Creating a Safe Work Environment

After spotting these risks, it’s time to start working to eliminate them. Collaborate with your employees and create a plan to reduce the hazards or remove them altogether. If this is not an option, you’ll need to apply administrative controls to make some serious changes to your processes and procedures. As a last resort, you can have employees wear personal protective equipment ─ however OSHA notes this is the least effective way to control a hazard.

The importance of providing a safe workplace cannot be emphasized enough. Your employees are your greatest asset and it’s your job to ensure they’re safe and protected while doing their jobs.

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