Workplace hazards and risks

Every workplace will have some level of hazard and risk. Maintaining a safe and healthy workplace involves eliminating the hazard or reducing the risk.

Accidents, injuries and illness in the workplace can cause personal suffering, loss of income, loss of property and loss of productivity.

The terms hazard and risk are often used interchangeably, but they are two different things.

Hazard Any object or situation with the potential to cause injury or illness, damage property or disrupt productivity
Risk Likelihood of an incident, accident or near miss occurring as a result of the hazard

Example:
A loose carpet tile is a hazard. If the tile is in the corner of a private office, the riskof injury resulting from the hazard is low. If the tile is in a busy walkway frequented by elderly clients, the risk is much higher.

Last modified: Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 11:37 AM