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Identify the hazards

One of the most important aspects of your risk assessment is accurately identifying the potential hazards in your workplace. A good starting point is to walk around your workplace and think about any hazards. In other words, what is it about the activities, processes or substances used that could injure your employees or harm their health?

When you work in a place everyday it is easy to overlook some hazards, so here are some tips to help you identify the ones that matter:

There are some hazards with a recognised risk of physical harm, for example working at height, working with chemicals, machinery, asbestos and of work-related mental ill-health e.g. where demands, control and support for individuals are not properly managed in the workplace. Depending on the type of work you do, there may be other hazards that are relevant to your business.

Updated 2019-04-08