Workplace hazards exist everywhere during our day-to-day job activities. Have you ever stopped and had a look around you to see if you can recognize some of these hazards? You should - it's a part of your job - and it is definitely a part of every employer's requirement and commitment to health and safety under the Occupational health and Safety Act in Ontario.
Hazards may exist in the form of:
Biological - bacteria, viruses, insects, plants, birds, animals, and humans, etc.,
Chemical - depends on the physical, chemical and toxic properties of the chemical,
Ergonomic - repetitive movements, improper set up of workstation, etc.,
Physical - radiation, magnetic fields, pressure extremes (high pressure or vacuum), noise, etc.,
Psychosocial - stress, violence, etc.,
Safety - slipping/tripping hazards, inappropriate machine guarding, equipment malfunctions or breakdowns.
Hazards must be systematically identified, reviewed and controlled to ensure those things, activities, situations, processes, etc. that cause harm to people or property are greatly reduced or eliminated. This system is known as Risk Assessment and Management.
Risk assessment is the process where you:
Identify hazards and risk factors that have the potential to cause harm (hazard identification).
Analyze and evaluate the risk associated with that hazard (risk analysis, and risk evaluation). And finally, determine appropriate ways to eliminate the hazard, or control the risk when the hazard cannot be eliminated (risk control).
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
This course is highly participative with various group activities and discussions as we advance through the subjects. Individuals can bring their own copy of the OHSA, or one can be provided on loan for the day.
Duration: 1 day, 8 hrs
Participants: supervisors, superintendents, managers, employers. Also suitable for safety representatives and safety supervisors and/or co-ordinators.
Location: courses can be scheduled privately at a firm's location or publicly at Northern College campuses (pending public interest). Contact us for more information.