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Eliminate the hazard completely
Once you have identified the hazards, you need to control them. Ideally, you will be able to eliminate the hazard completely. Examples include removing trip hazards on a floor or safely disposing of unnecessary chemicals.
Reduce the risk of hazards as much as you can
If it is not practical or possible to get rid of the hazard completely, you can reduce the risk as much as you can by adopting the following control measures, in order of effectiveness:
Isolate the hazard
Modify tools and equipment
Use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect your workers’ bodies from hazards. Examples include:
Please note: PPE is the least reliable form of protection. In most cases, it should only be used as a last resort and in the short term until you have organized a better method of control. If you require your workers to use PPE, ensure that:
Be careful of residual risk
Does putting any of these new safety and health measures in place create a different hazard? For example, if you install a ventilation system to resolve an air-quality issue, you will also need to ensure that the ventilation system does not create a noise problem.
How to get started
If identifying hazards is new to you or you are just starting a new business, you may feel overwhelmed as you begin to identify hazards. It can be hard to know where to start. You can learn how to prioritize your hazards and tackle them in a logical and appropriate way by working through our risk assessment process.
Involve your workers
In most cases, it is your workers who are at the greatest risk. By giving them the opportunity to help develop solutions and methods of control, you increase the likelihood that measures put in place will be followed.
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Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.