The purpose of this document is to assist departments and crown corporations in the “Hazard Identification, Assessment and Mitigation” element of their health and safety management system. Hazards can exist in many forms: visible or hidden, a condition or an act. Actively and continuously identifying hazards, assessing and controlling them with corrective actions on a timely basis, and communicating actions and findings with employees ensures a health and safety management system integrated into work processes.
Hazard Management Process
The hazard management process works by identifying hazards and eliminating or minimizing them before a job task is performed. The following flowchart and its 5 steps, describe the hazard management process of hazard identification, assessment and mitigation.
Step 1 Hazard Identification – all tasks, situations and occurrences with the potential to cause harm are identified.
Step 2 Risk Assessment – assess the risk associated with each hazard.
Step 3 Control Selection – selection of risk control measures in correct response to the risk.
Step 4 Control Implementation – plan for and implement changes to process or workplace to eliminate or limit hazards associated with a particular task.
Step 5 Review and Improve – review control measures for effectiveness.
By communicating and completing the step-by-step hazard management process, departments work toward eliminating hazards or reducing risk, thereby protecting workers from injury or illness and creating safer and healthier workplaces.