In Alberta, hazard management is legislated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and described within the Regulation and Code.
To manage your hazards, follow the steps below:
1. Identify your hazards
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. Assess your hazards
Once you have listed your workplace tasks hazards and identified the associated hazards, assess their likelihood and severity to determine the best combination of controls.
At the U of A, we measure likelihood and severity on scales of 1 to 4. Add the numbers and use the sum to determine which hazards need control most urgently and to predict the outcome of controls. Use the Hazard Assessment Web application (HAWapp) to assess your hazards.
3. Control and communicate
Determine which controls (engineering, administrative, PPE) are right for each hazard. Share the completed hazard assessment with your co-workers and make sure everyone understands how to implement control measures.
4. Review and revise
Review and revise your hazard assessment regularly and any time you have a new or altered process.