Hazard Identification (HAZID)

Assisting businesses to identify and control workplace hazards

Hazard Identification

Workplace Hazard identification is essential for the safety or all workers at a workplace. It can be as simple as a workplace inspection using a checklist or as complex as a formal Hazard Identification (HAZID) study.

A hazard is anything that can cause harm or injury to a person. Therefore, a workplace has many hazards. As such, all businesses have a Duty of Care to ensure that all hazards are first identified and then controlled. The level and type of control is best determined using the Hierarchy of Control.

Industry generally conducts workplace inspections on a regular basis. Whereas, HAZID studies are usually conducted during the design phase of a new plant or process. It is a formal documented process that involves a team of workplace representatives and facilitated by a HAZID leader.

We can assist with any level of hazard identification.

Simple Hazard Identification

The simplest form of hazard identification is the use of workplace inspection checklists. Typically they check an area of the workplace or a process.

There use on a regular basis, generally monthly, is essential to identify any uncontrolled workplace hazards.  Furthermore, it is best if a different person performs the inspection each time. By doing so, a fresh set of eyes will look at the workplace.

We can assist in the development of workplace inspection checklists. In addition, we can be that fresh set of eyes from time to time and come and conduct a workplace inspection of your business.

Hazard Identification (HAZID) Study

The intent of a Hazard Identification (HAZID) study is to break down the design of new plant or process and identify any operational hazards. The study team firstly determines each hazard and documents them including their controls. They are then risk assessed. For high risk rated hazards, the team determines additional controls and documents them. Following this the hazard is again risk ranked.

Whilst less detailed than a HAZOP study, a HAZID study is still very useful for simple plant or processes. It requires a study team that has representatives from the workforce that will operate or maintain the plant or process. An experienced facilitator needs to lead the study. We have suitable HAZID study facilitators.

Hierarchy of Control

The identification of a hazard is only the first step to ensuring a safe workplace. All hazards need adequate controls to prevent them leading to an injury or harm to a worker.

The standard list of controls in known as the “Hierarchy of Controls” and consists of: –

  • Elimination
  • Substitution
  • Isolation / Engineering
  • Adminsitrative – Procedures or training
  • Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE)

Please contact us to assist you in the correct selection and implementation of appropriate hazard controls.

Hazard control

Businesses should select hazard controls using the Hierarchy of Controls. In the first instance they should try elimination. If that is not possible then work down the list. This all sounds well in theory but the top three controls are hard to achieve. Generally this is because they need hard changes to the workplace. The last two are easier to implement but as less effective.

So how do you go about selecting the right controls? Well this is were Safety Resources Australia can assist your business. We can help you with either of the top three or assist with the preparation of procedures etc. We can also PPE or other safety equipment. Furthermore, a lot of the time businesses will need to use more than one control. For example, a business installs an extraction fan to suck away welding fumes. However, the workers still needs to wear a respirator as a final back up to prevent breathing in toxic fumes.

Contact us

Why not relieve your business of the burden of effective Hazard Identification and control. You can engage us to assist you. Please contact us today and we will discuss your consultancy needs.

We can come to your workplace, discuss your needs and prepare a scope of work.  From that we will develop a proposal for your review and approval.

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