Hazard Identification is one of the most important tasks and responsibilities of the HSE people. It helps them to remove hazards or reduce the level of its risk by adding precautions or control measures, as necessary. By doing so, you have created a safer and healthier workplace.
By the end of the course delegates should be able to: • Appreciate the value of finding hazards • Distinguish clearly between hazards and the absence of control measures • Recognize common hazards • Identify internal and external documentation useful when uncovering hazards • Use a variety of methods to identify hazards • Recognize hazards that require immediate action • Communicate hazards to the appropriate responsible person • Categories the methods of dealing with hazards
• Meaning of terminology • Focus on common hazards including: Chemicals and Harmful Substances Electricity Manual handling – lifting Slips and trips Working at heights New and young workers Plant and equipment Ergonomics Vehicles Lifting equipment Work equipment Demolition and excavations Noise Vibration Stress Trespassers and violence • Use of maintenance records, incident reports, incident history, benchmarking exercises • The value of hazard identification in the risk assessment process • To construct and use a checklist • Advantages and disadvantages of checklists • How to respond to imminent danger • How to communicate hazards • Communicating feedback, collating checklists and value of reports and emails • Stimulating response – including the use of photographs and incident reports • Use of suggestion boxes and STOPCARDS • Methods of dealing with hazards including hierarchy’s of control
Assessment and Certification
The course is aimed at workers who encounter hazards on a daily basis. Organizations who experience low levels of reporting may find this course useful for their workforce. Those who regularly conduct risk assessment and supervisors who need to protect their staff may find the course particularly useful. The course may prove useful to senior management who need grounding in order to recognize the hazards present in their workplace and the possibility of negative results occurring. Health and safety professional may choose this course as a means of maintaining continued professional development (CPD).