Fact Sheet 1: Employer To Identify Hazards

From September 1, 2002, all large employers have to identify hazards in the workplace.

This means employers need to look at all the work practices, furniture, equipment, chemicals, workplace design, noise, heat and cold, and the potential for workplace violence.

Some sample questions employers should ask:


  • Are employees getting enough work-breaks or rotating tasks if they are performing labour intensive work, handling heavy machinery or doing data entry?
  • Is the way the premises is laid out appropriate to the type of work that is being carried out or is there a potential for slips, trips and falls to occur?
  • Is the space adequate for performing manual handling tasks or are workers forced to bend in awkward positions to move certain objects?
  • Could people be hit by moving objects, such as vehicles, or objects falling from above?


How does an employer go about identifying hazards?

  • Workplace accident records
  • Workplace injury register (employers are required by law to keep a register of injuries)
  • Workers comp claims
  • Research and reports (information about many OHS issues – eg. the hazards associated with asbestos – are well documented and widely available)
  • Workplace inspections
  • Consulting OHS reps and surveying workers

Download more info:
Easy Guide to the Law Fact Sheet 1- Employer to Identify Hazard

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