Hazard identification enables you to focus your efforts in a prioritised way.
Some hazards are obvious, such as falls from heights, very heavy manual lifting, and electrical faults, all of which can cause immediate injuries, however it can be a little more difficult to identify hazards that tend to cause injuries over time.
This is where ergonomics can be invaluable to your business.
A consultant will meet with management, to establish the overall tasks being performed at the site. OH&S staff will be consulted, as well as a review of relevant recording systems, and documentation. A discomfort survey may help to determine the current state of health. A walk through with OH&S representatives, while observing work, and asking questions from staff will occur during a normal workday at a suitable time.
Analysis of the findings will result in a safety action plan, where hazards are listed and prioritised, responsibilities are assigned, and recommended actions such as further assessment are listed.
A prioritised list of hazards with recommended actions and time frames will be received within 1 week of the walk through. Management will assign responsibilities, and achievable time frames will be confirmed in consultation with staff.