1. What is the purpose of the Hazard Reporting Procedure?
The purpose of the Hazard Reporting Procedure is to outline steps to follow in reporting hazardous situations and conditions that may endanger the health and safety of yourself or others.
As well, it is a continuous improvement initiative that will enable us all to address hazards in a systematic way with the ultimate goal of eliminating and/or controlling the risk of injury, illness, or property damage.
2. Do I have to complete a Hazard Reporting Form each time I see a hazard?
No, by all means, if it is safe for you to do so, please eliminate and/or control the hazard. For example, if there is an electrical cord lying across a walkway, please either remove it safely, or tape it down to avoid a trip hazard.
The Hazard Reporting Form is an effective tool that can be utilized in more complex hazards that may require further analysis, investigation, or testing.
3. How was the Hazard Rating System devised?
The Workplace Hazard Assessment Tool is a method of determining the probability and severity of the incident if it is not addressed in a timely fashion. The information contained in the assessment tool is an accepted safety industry standard.
4. If I have identified a hazard, what should I do?
Some workplace hazards are easy to correct. If it is possible for you to eliminate the hazard (i.e remove a trip hazard from a walking surface) then do so. This action should still be reported to the supervisor for future follow up. If the hazard requires further intervention, report the identified hazard(s) to the attention of their immediate supervisor.
5. What should I do if I think I am being exposed to a Class A Hazard?
If you believe you are being exposed to a hazard where there are no protective controls and the hazard could result in death, permanent disability, loss of body part or extensive loss of structure, equipment or material you should suspend the work activity, isolate the work, and immediately report to the supervisor in charge of it