Intent and Boundaries:

The intent of the Hazard Recognition Process is to provide a means to identify hazards and at-risk behaviors, provide an objective mechanism for assessing and eliminating the hazard or managing it through training, procedures, and/or heightened awareness, and communicating that resolution to all affected employees.

The process is intended to instill personal accountability for hazard recognition and resolution. Each employee is responsible for eliminating the immediate hazard and or isolating others from the potential hazard via barricading or other protective measures.

Principles of Hazard Recognition

In order to minimize hazards in the workplace, one must be able to:

  • Recognize the hazards associated with the task at hand

  • Understand and create effective barriers

  • Have accountability and management support to correct the hazard

  • Provide a process for measuring the effectiveness of the program

Recognition of the Hazard

Before implementing the Hazard Recognition process all employees must have the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and administer controls to protect them from the potential hazard. A hazard is anything that has the potential to cause injury when combined with some energy source. Our hazard recognition presentation focuses on proper identification of hazards and putting the process of accountability/ responsibility in place to correct or mitigate the hazard.

Understand and Creating Effective Barriers

A key factor in hazard recognition, is in being able to properly identify potential hazards from various energy sources such as Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Kinetic, Residual Stored, Thermal, Pneumatic, Gravity, Hydraulic and Pressurized Liquids / Gases, as well as other workplace conditions. Having the knowledge and skill to recognize the need for additional PPE, physical barriers, guards, etc., further strengthens this process. To emphasize the importance of recognizing potential energy sources / hazards, several" real-life" incidents will be reviewed with the audience. The audience will have the opportunity to participate by answering three questions relating to the above topics:

  • Can you properly identify hazards?

  • What are the potential energy sources?

  • Can you establish effective barriers?

At the conclusion of this presentation you should be able to identify and know how to mitigate potential hazards. We emphasize that if YOU can't correct the potential hazard or create effective barriers, then you STOP and report hazard to your supervisor.

Accountability and Management Support

This part of the presentation will analyze the management systems necessary for safety excellence. Hazard Recognition is the systematic observation and identification of hazards and underlying management system weaknesses that if permitted to continue, may lead to employee injury or illness. The success of Hazard Recognition starts with management support. Your management team needs to have clearly defined roles, responsibilities and accountability at all levels. The Hazard Recognition process needs to be implemented into the management systems of the organization to be successful.

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