Let’s have a Safety Moment….what’s that?
This one is about “Workplace Hazards”
Think about common workplace hazards at your office, processes, activities and generically (e.g., at home, driving etc).
Depending on your audience (i.e., Office, Process, Activities or Generic) discuss the following:
- What Hazards would you/ the team consider is the most relevant at your workplace?
- Have the Hazards been identified/ assessed?
- What is being done about risk elimination or mitigation?
- Can anything more be done?
- What else…?
Framework for Discussions
A Hazard can be defined as “something that will cause harm”.
The 6 most common workplace hazard categories are:
- Biological: Includes viruses, bacteria, insects, animals, etc., that can cause adverse health impacts. For example, mould, blood and other bodily fluids, harmful plants, sewage, dust and vermin
- Chemical: Substances that can cause harm. These hazards can result in both health and physical impacts, such as skin irritation, respiratory system irritation, blindness, corrosion and explosions.
- Physical: Environmental factors that can harm an employee without necessarily touching them, including heights, noise, radiation and pressure.
- Working Conditions: Hazards that create unsafe working conditions. For example, exposed wires or a damaged carpet might result in a tripping hazard. These are sometimes included under the category of physical hazards.
- Ergonomic: Physical factors that can result in musculoskeletal injuries. For example, a poor workstation setup in an office, poor posture and manual handling.
- Psychosocial: Include those that can have an adverse effect on an employee’s mental health or well-being. For example, sexual harassment, victimisation, stress and workplace violence.
For more details on the difference between Safety, Hazard and Risk, watch this short video (click here).