Hazard identification is a process used to identify possible situations in the workplace or tasks where people may be exposed to injury, illness or disease.
Yukon Government departments and crown corporations have various means to identifying hazards:
A) Monthly Inspections
- Monthly observational tour of the workplace for the specific purpose of identifying unsafe acts and conditions
- Conducted by a combined representation of the workplace supervisor, employees of the workplace, members of the Joint Health and Safety Committee or the workplace Health and Safety Representative
- Aided by inspections tools i.e. Workplace Inspection Template, which can be modified to fit the needs of the workplace
- Area of inspection includes those areas where no work is done regularly, such as parking lots, rest areas, office storage as well as the most common areas where work is completed
- Inspection information will be entered into the Parklane Risk Assessment Module for follow-up and review (DIRECTIONS on how to enter inspections results into the Module)
- Includes discussions with employees regarding workplace safety concerns
- Determines level of compliance with established Safe Work Practices, Safe Job Procedures and Health and Safety Rules
B) Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
- Completed by supervisors and employees for all positions
- Mitigation and control strategies are developed in the JHA process for work task hazards
- Annually reviewed at a minimum
- JHA worksheet template is a tool to guide the process
- Task-Specific Analysis templates supports a JHA by detailing hazardous tasks step-by-step
C) Incident and Near Miss Reports and Investigations
- Reporting and investigating unplanned or unwanted events resulting in damage or injury or which could have resulted in damage or injury (near miss) provide opportunities in identifying a hazard.
- JOHSC Hazard Mitigation Monthly Summary Table and the Management Document Review Template are tools to be used by the members of the safety committee members and senior management
By completing, a job hazard analysis to identify existing and potential hazards of job tasks by the supervisor and employees; monthly inspection to regularly look at the workplace for hazards by trained Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) members and workplace employees; and review of incident reports and investigations to improve workplace health and safety by the JOHSC and senior management, departments and crown corporations will be continuously improving worker safety.
Job hazard analysis process and the monthly inspection information entered into Parklane Risk Assessment module have hazards categorized as biological, chemical, ergonomic, physical, psycho-social, and safety. The following table provides examples of source for each hazard category.