2. Identifying Those Who May Be Harmed

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Hazard Assessment and Identifying Potential Harm

1. Understanding Hazard-Related Risks

Clarity on Potential Harm for Each Hazard

Learn how to assess hazards by understanding who might be at risk:

2. Group Identification

Recognizing Groups at Risk

Identifying groups of individuals who could be affected, e.g., storeroom workers or warehouse dispatch personnel:

  • **Group Classification:** Instead of naming individuals, categorize workers into groups.

3. Assessing Potential Harm

Evaluating Types of Injury or Ill Health

Examine the potential injuries or health issues resulting from specific hazards:

  • **Examples:** Link specific hazards with potential injuries, like 'back injury for shelf stackers due to repetitive box lifting'.

4. Diverse Workforce Considerations

Recognizing Varied Worker Capabilities

Acknowledge that not all workers are equally capable and consider factors such as:

  • **Medical Problems:** Some workers may have medical issues that affect their capabilities.
  • **Disabilities:** Disabled employees may require unique considerations.
  • **Age Differences:** Young or older workers may face distinct challenges.
  • **Pregnancy:** Special care is needed for pregnant employees.

5. Tailored Actions for Diverse Groups

Customizing Actions for Different Groups

Develop actions that suit the specific needs of identified groups:

  • **Group-Specific Measures:** Tailor actions to address the unique requirements of each group.

6. Expanding the Scope

Considering the Entire Work Environment

Expand your perspective beyond immediate observations to encompass all individuals at potential risk:

  • **Shift Workers:** Remember those on different shifts or work patterns.
  • **Visitors and Contractors:** Include individuals not regularly present in the workplace.
  • **Maintenance Workers:** Think about those involved in facility maintenance.
  • **Public Safety:** Assess how your activities may affect members of the public.
  • **Interconnected Workplaces:** Consider how other businesses and visitors impact your staff and vice versa.

7. Open Communication

Promoting Dialogue and Feedback

Encourage communication with staff and stakeholders to ensure comprehensive risk assessment:

  • **Inclusivity:** Involve staff, and seek input to identify any overlooked individuals.