9 resolve an issue raise through health and safety

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9. Resolve an issue raise through health and safety consultation. 10. Identified hazards. Identifying hazards in the workplace involves finding things and situations that could potentially cause harm to people. Hazards generally arise from the following aspects of work and their interaction: physical work environment equipment, materials and substances used „ work tasks and how they are performed work design and management. 1. INSPECT THE WORKPLACE Regularly walking around the workplace and observing how things are done can help you predict what could or might go wrong. Look at how people actually work, how plant and equipment is used, what chemicals are around and what they are used for, what safe or unsafe work practices exist. Things to look out for include the following: „ Does the work environment enable workers to carry out work without risks to health and safety (for example, space for unobstructed movement, adequate ventilation, lighting)? „ How suitable are the tools and equipment for the task and how well are they maintained? „ Have any changes occurred in the workplace which may affect health and safety? 2. CONSULT YOUR WORKERS Ask your workers about any health and safety problems they have encountered in doing their work and any near misses or incidents that have not been reported. 3. REVIEW AVAILABLE INFORMATION
Information and advice about hazards and risks relevant to particular industries and types of work is available from regulators, industry associations, unions, technical specialists and safety consultants. 11. Assessed risks. This process is known as risk management and involves the four steps: „ 1. Identify hazards – find out what could cause harm „ 2. Assess risks if necessary – understand the nature of the harm that could be caused by the hazard, how serious the harm could be and the likelihood of it happening „ 3. Control risks – implement the most effective control measure that is reasonably practicable in the circumstances „ 4. Review control measures to ensure they are working as planned. 12. Implemented and monitoring risk control measures. There are many ways to control risks. You must consider various control options and choose the control that most effectively eliminates the hazard or minimizes the risk in the circumstances. This may involve a single control measure or a combination of different controls that together provide the highest level of protection that is reasonably practicable. Some problems can be fixed easily and should be done straight away, while others will need more effort and planning to resolve. Of those requiring more effort, you should prioritize areas for action, focusing first on those hazards with the highest level of risk. 13. Training.

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