Occupational Health and Safety Management

There are three major components of an occupational health and safety program: hazard analysis, evaluation and control, and communication of risk. Hazard analysis determines the hazards posed by a potential problem, such as poor ergonomics; exposure to harmful substances and products, such as asbestos; exposure to physical and chemical hazards, such as toxic chemicals

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The evaluation of hazards enables the Occupational Health and Safety Management team to assess the effects of a potential problem on an individual or group of individuals, as well as on the environment. Control and implementation of the policies regarding safe work practices, safe work conditions, and the use of approved safety equipment and materials is also addressed. An Occupational Health Wales company such as Insight Occupational health can help you identify any areas in which you need to put policies and procedures in place to support your staff.

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The purpose of the evaluation of hazards is to provide information needed to identify and manage risks and to determine what actions need to be taken to control or mitigate the effect of any potential occupational health or safety hazard. While these events can occur in any occupational setting, some of the most common hazard categories include chemical spills, exposure to hazardous gases and vapors, exposure to radiation, ingestion of toxins and carcinogens, eye and skin contact, and electrical and electro-mechanical hazards. The frequency of occurrence of these events and the levels of each event type can be compared with expected exposure parameters and other factors to identify risks of interest and formulate policies that will prevent the occurrence of adverse events.

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