Hazard Management

Hazard Management is a very important element of the EHS Management System as it ensures the understanding of different types of hazards in the workplace and how to bring the hazards under control. In Alberta, hazard management is legislated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and described within the Regulation and Code


What is a hazard?

A hazard is a condition or behaviour with the potential to cause injury or loss. Hazards are classified as chemical, biological, radiological, physical, ergonomic, or psychosocial (note: includes working alone).

What is a health and safety risk?

Risk is the chance or probability that a person will be harmed or experience an adverse health effect if exposed to a hazard. It may also apply to situations with property or equipment loss, or harmful effects on the environment. It is the combination of the likelihood of the occurrence of a harm and the severity of that harm.

Hazard Assessment

You must complete a hazard assessment prior to starting any activity or project. You should identify your workplace tasks/equipment, identify the associated hazards and assess the risks levels by looking at the likelihood of occurrence and the consequences (L x C). The next step is to determine the best combination of controls to mitigate the risks.

 Hazard Assessment Web Application (HAWApp)

The University has created an online tool called HAWApp to assist in completing hazard assessments. Once a user has published a hazard assessment, it can be viewed, used, and copied by others with the same departmental access. Follow the HAWApp link to complete your hazard assessment. See example below created for the Printmaking studio.


Working alone protocol

Working alone is considered a psychosocial hazard in the workplace.  Working alone is to be working in circumstances where assistance is not readily available in the event of an emergency, illness, or injury. Rule number one is to try not to work alone, but if you must, then look at creating a plan or follow the plan developed by the Department or Faculty. Use the following EHS resources to create your plan: Working alone template and Working alone guidelinesWhen in doubt, talk to your Chair or Assistant Chair.