Hazard Assessment

Hazard AssessmentWhat is hazard assessment?

A hazard is any practice, behaviour, substance, condition, or combination of these that can cause injury or illness to people, or damage to property.

An assessment is the process of identifying hazards so they can be eliminated or controlled.

What the law says

Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) states that employers must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers, provide information and instruction, and to ensure that workers properly use or wear the required equipment. This includes assessing-or identifying and controlling-all of the hazards in the workplace that could cause injury or illness to your employees. These hazards must then be eliminated or controlled. Employers,supervisors and workers can be prosecuted for not complying with the law.

How hazard assessment can affect your business:

Injuries and illnesses can cause great emotional and financial hardship to a business and its workforce. Assessing and controlling hazards will help to alleviate these.

  • An average WSIB claim is $11,771
  • Factor in other costs like lost productivity and staff replacement the cost can be as much as four times more-approximately $59,000 per injury
  • With a profit margin of 5%, sales/services required to cover the total cost of one injury equals about $1.2 million

(Source: WSIB "Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace")

What you can do

Initiate a hazard control program that

  • lists all of the steps necessary to protect workers from exposure to a substance or system, and the procedures necessary to monitor worker exposure and their health to hazards like chemicals, materials or substances, or noise or vibration
  • Includes a written policy outlining the methods being used to control the exposure and how the controls will be monitored
  • Control hazards by
    • elimination (or substitution) of the hazard from the workplace or substituting it
    • engineering controls in the design or modification to plants, equipment, ventilation systems and processes to reduce the source of exposure
    • applying administrative controls by altering the way the work is done, including timing, policies and other rules and practices
    • providing appropriate personal protective equipment and making sure it is properly worn and properly maintained

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Managing Hazards (1/2 day)

Managing Hazards (1/2 day)

This is a 1/2 day hazard management training course.
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$149.00

Managing Hazards (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

Managing Hazards (Federal) - English (1/2 day)

NEW! This course equips participants in federally regulated workplaces with a sound and easy‐to‐follow process and tool for proactively identifying and addressing hazards before they lead to costly incidents.
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$209.00

Managing Hazards (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

Managing Hazards (Federal) - French (1/2 day)

NEW! This course equips participants in federally regulated workplaces with a sound and easy‐to‐follow process and tool for proactively identifying and addressing hazards before they lead to costly incidents.
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Robot Safety: Decoding and Applying CSA Z434 (1 Day)

Robot Safety: Decoding and Applying CSA Z434 (1 Day)

Understand how to apply the key requirements of the revised CSA Z434 Industrial robots and robot systems standard to your workplaces.

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$539.00

Federal Policy, Work Place Committees and Representatives - English (2 Days)

Federal Policy, Work Place Committees and Representatives - English (2 Days)

Cost-effective 2-day training session for federal work place health and safety committees.

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$519.00

E-Courses

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (French) (3 hours)

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (French) (3 hours)

Outlines techniques for identifying hazards, assessing risks and controlling hazards.
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$99.00

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (English) (3 hours)

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control (English) (3 hours)

Outlines techniques for identifying hazards, assessing risks and controlling hazards.
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$99.00

Reference Products

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

A comprehensive, print-based resource that identifies applicable laws and standards and provides detailed guidelines relating to over 30 workplace hazards and 20 controls.
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$119.00

Downloads

Hazard Management Tool

Hazard Management Tool

The purpose of this tool, developed by the WSIB in collaboration with the HSO members, is to provide workplaces with a step-by-step approach to recognizing, assessing and controlling hazards, and monitoring the ongoing effectiveness of those controls.
60 KB pdf
Health and Safety Action Plan Form

Health and Safety Action Plan Form

Since each workplace is unique, no training program can provide information on workplace-specific hazard controls. That is why JHSC members must create an action plan to identify, assess and control the significant hazards in consultation with the employer. Use this electronic form to help you formulate your action plan.
393 KB pdf
MSD Hazards Checklist

MSD Hazards Checklist

A checklist to assess the ergonomic risks of each job task.
317 KB pdf
Business Pandemic Preparedness Checklist

Business Pandemic Preparedness Checklist

Is your business prepared for a pandemic?  Use this sample checklist to assess your readiness.
335 KB pdf
MSD Risk Assessment

MSD Risk Assessment

This document will help you determine if there is a high risk of injury once the potential risk of a musculoskeletal disorder has been identified.
483 KB pdf
Physical Demands Analysis (Fillable Form)

Physical Demands Analysis (Fillable Form)

A physical demands analysis (PDA) is a systematic procedure to quantify and evaluate the physical, cognitive, and environmental demands of the essential and non-essential tasks of a job.

See "Physical Demands Analysis Instruction" for assistance to complete this form.

731 KB pdf
Order Picking

Order Picking

Order picking can result in a variety of muscle and joint injuries and pains.  Other injuries, and even death, can result from falls and collisions with powered equipment.  Some order pickers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals.

257 KB pdf
Workplace Hazards Inspection Form (Workplace Violence)

Workplace Hazards Inspection Form (Workplace Violence)

This form will help you identify potential hazards in your workplace as they relate to the security of your employees and visitors.
356 KB pdf

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