Hazard Identification is a proactive process of identifying the sources of harm to people, environment, assets or activities. These could be chemical (chemical reactions, flammability, toxicity), electrical (electrocution, weld flash), physical (vibration, excessive force), ergonomic (poor posture), biological (viruses, bacteria), radiation (x-rays, heat energy), or psychological hazards (stress, fatigue, harassment).
Our first step for avoiding harm is to accurately identify potential hazards in a workplace through a site inspection. How is work done? What equipment, materials, and substances are being used? How is equipment laid out? What can go wrong?