The Need for Awareness, Identifications & Reporting of Hazards at WorkPosted on December 6, 2018
The importance of reporting Hazard ID’s (Hazard Identification) is crucial to any business, but becomes even more critical in a production/workshop environment.
Hazard management needs to be conducted in three steps – hazard identification, recognition and report – these three fundamentals are in place to prevent near misses, accidents and injuries from happening in the workplace, and to ensure all employees go home safely at the end of the working day.
Hazards are continually present, regardless of location – because of this, it’s imperative to be able to demonstrate hazard recognition in all aspects of a workplace, whether it be through FluidCare, FluidTrend, or indeed with another alternative processes or software.
Although the reporting of Hazard ID’s is a collective company effort, it’s an employer’s legal responsibility to identify and control workplace hazards to the best of their ability in the workplace, to protect their employees. Alongside this, it’s equally as important that employees are educated on how to protect themselves and comply with their organisation’s corporate hazard and reporting processes.
At Houghton, we actively encourage EHS Managers to work closely with our FluidCare Support Teams – encouraging open conversations around the severity and probability of hazards on site.
Our knowledgeable and professional site teams have a wealth of experience operating in different workplace environments, and as such are able to provide valuable insight into the identification of hazards by taking numerous areas into consideration, including workplace environment, equipment and materials and workforce.
Working with a range of equipment and materials, it’s important to stay vigilant – some equipment, tools and materials used in the engineering industry are inherently hazardous. Equally, some materials can become hazardous over time, due to inadequate maintenance, management, storage or disposal, so it’s critical to remain consistent with hazard identification and maintenance.