In Alberta, hazard management is legislated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and described within the Regulation and Code.
Hazard management is achieved through hazard identification, assessment and control.
1. Hazard identification
All workplaces have hazards, which can be classified as biological, chemical, radiological, physical, ergonomic, and psychosocial.
While biological, chemical, and radiological hazards are more commonly found in research environments, a workplace like an office might have ergonomic hazards (such as improper workstation set up), physical hazards (excessive cords), or psychosocial hazards (workplace bullying).
Learn more about types of hazards.
2. Hazard assessment
Once you have identified hazards, assess the degree of frequency and severity associated with each in order to prioritize your response.
3. Hazard control
Determine which controls (engineering, administrative, PPE) are right for each hazard.