What Are Some Of The Key Potential Hazards In A Workplace Environment?
Oct 22 2021 5:08PM
Understanding hazards and risks in the workplace is key to avoiding them. Risks take many forms, but broadly speaking, they can be broken down into six main categories.
The Main Categories Of Workplace Risks
Here is our breakdown of some of the main risks in the workplace, with some examples:
Safety - Trips, falls, slips, electrical hazards, operating dangerous machinery, and other HSE risks.
Biological - Exposure to potentially dangerous diseases, substances, and infections from plants, animals, or humans.
Physical - Loud noise, Vibration, heat, radiation, UV, and other environmental factors often associated with working outside.
Ergonomic - Joint pain, bone problems, back problems, and other issues that primarily affect an employee's physiology.
Chemical - Arising from dangerous chemicals, solvents, liquids, or gases. Risks include burns and respiratory damage.
Workload - Issues often relating to mental health, fatigue, anxiety, and stress arising from an excessive workload.
These are just some examples of risks in the workplace; however, the true scope of potential issues is even larger still. It is worth keeping in mind that many injuries from work do not happen immediately but occur over a very long time but are equally harmful and often fatal. It is later that these injuries will affect the staff and the business.
What Can You Do About It?
Now you understand what the risks are, you can begin thinking about developing and implementing suitable risk management strategies. Understanding what the issues are gives you a head start on being proactive against avoiding them. The time and effort required to mitigate these risks is minuscule compared to the time and effort required to deal with them after the fact. If you're wondering, "why do we have risk assessments in the workplace?", it's because of that very reason - prevention is more efficient and effective than resolution.
Every business is unique, however. Each business has an entirely different environment, culture, workload, and range of employees. These factors will all have an impact on the relevant risk assessment and prevention strategies that you employ. This is why there's no such thing as a "one size fits all" approach to risk assessment and risk management, as everything must be done with your business in mind.
As a result, it becomes even more important to invest in a bespoke risk assessment program that is tailored to your individual business operation requirements and suits the way both you and your employees work.
Avoiding Hazards Before They Arise
Many problems, risks, and accidents can be avoided long before they actually manifest. This can ensure a happier and more productive workforce and a more efficient business long term.
To discuss your individual risk assessment requirements, contact the friendly and experienced team at Arion Ltd today.
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