Reporting a hazard
Some potential hazards are dealt with simply by keeping your work area clean and tidy - putting things away, cleaning up spills as they happen, making sure leads and cables are not across walkways.
When you see anything that might cause injury or illness, or might disrupt work in any way, report it to your supervisor immediately. Observation and reporting are a good way to deal with such hazards.
Hazards that are harder to eliminate or minimise may require the help and cooperation of other workers and management.
Your workplace may have a system for reporting hazards such as:
- reporting hazards to your supervisor or a designated OHS person
- completing a Hazard Report form
- taking the matter to your Workplace Health and Safety Officer or Representative
- bringing the matter up at a safety meeting or a staff meeting.
The manner of reporting a hazard will often depend on the level of risk involved.
|High risk||Immediate danger that must be dealt with urgently.|
|Medium risk||Potential danger that must be dealt with as soon as possible, but not necessarily immediately. It needs to be followed up quickly, before it progresses.|
|Low risk||Does not present an immediate danger but should be dealt with or noted and monitored as a possible danger in the future.|
Reporting immediate hazards