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Ideally your workplace would be free from hazards. The reality, however, is that hazards are present in many jobs. As a business owner, you are responsible to control those hazards so that they do not result in injury or loss.
Health hazards vs. safety hazards
Hazards come in two forms:
Examples of health hazards
Examples of safety hazards
Chemical: Includes any form of chemical, such as compressed gases, solvents, and lead
Physical: Includes noise, vibration, heat, cold, and radiation
Ergonomic: Includes design of the workplace and jobs that involve repetition, force, and posture
Biological: Includes organisms or toxic substances produced by living things that can cause illnesses or disease in humans, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and insects
Machine: Includes hazards from moving parts like rotating shafts, belts, pulleys, blades, and saws
Energy: Includes pneumatic or hydraulic pressure, steam, heat, and electricity
Material Handling: Includes manual and mechanical handling—lifting, lift trucks, conveyors
Work Practices: Working unsafely, as a result of either safe work practices not being in place or failure to follow them
Five key factors can contribute to creating hazards
SAFE Work Manitoba — a division of the WCB is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
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.