OSHA has announced a new interactive training webtool (https://www.osha.gov/hazfinder/) designed to help small businesses effectively identify and avoid hazards in the workplace.
Employers and workers can explore how to identify common workplace hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries. OSHA says users of the new training tool will learn not only how to identify workplace hazards, but also how to abate and control the hazards they find.
Through the hazard identification tool, users can engage from the perspective of either a business owner or an employee as they learn to identify realistic, common hazards and address them with practices and effective solutions. The tool explains the key components of the hazard identification process, which include information collection; observation of the workplace; investigation of incidents; employee participation and prioritizing hazards.
“Hazard identification is a critical part of creating an injury and illness prevention program that will keep workers safe and healthy on the job,” says OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels. “This new tool not only educates employers about how to take control of their workplaces and protect workers, it also demonstrates that following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line.”
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