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Workplace hazards can be a major cause of accidents if left unattended. Corrective action is required in order to ensure that an identified hazard does not lead to an accident or incident in which employees are injured or equipment is damaged or lost.
An employee who identifies a potential hazard is required to complete a Hazard Report Form and submit the form immediately to their supervisor. When identifying a hazard, employees will, to the best of their ability, determine the seriousness of the hazard in order to ensure that appropriate corrective action is taken. The seriousness of a hazard is defined as either “A”, “B”, or “C” class.
- “A” class hazards are those that require immediate attention or corrective actions and have a possible life threatening or serious injury potential.
- “B” class hazards are those that do not require immediate attention but could result in personal injury or loss of equipment, if not corrected in reasonable time.
- “C” class hazards are those that require corrective actions, but do not pose any immediate or serious threat of injury or loss.
Verbal reporting of hazards is not sufficient. If a hazard requires the immediate attention of the person who has identified it, the person is to secure the area, take corrective action as appropriate, and then complete the Hazard Report Form to ensure the hazard has been documented and all remedial action completed.
Upon receipt of the Hazard Report, the Supervisor will immediately determine what corrective actions are required, and dependent upon the class of the hazard, direct corrective actions to be made.
The Supervisor will then advise the person who originated the hazard report on the status of the corrective actions. The completed hazard form will have one copy returned to the originator with copy to be retained in the office of the Director of Physical and Environmental Resources. A copy of the corrected hazard report shall be made available to the OH&S Committee.