OSHA web tool promotes plant, site accident prevention

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Timed with the recent American Society of Safety Engineers conference in Orlando, OSHA released an interactive training tool to help identify common hazards in construction and manufacturing workplaces. Users will learn hazard identification skills, plus abatement and control.

“Hazard identification is a critical part of creating an injury and illness prevention program that will keep workers safe and healthy on the job,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “This 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.”

Through the hazard identification tool, located at www.osha.gov/hazfinder, users can play from the perspective of either a business owner or an employee as they learn to identify realistic, common hazards and address them with practical and effective solutions. The tool explains the key components of the hazard identification process, which include information collection, workplace observation, incident investigation, employee participation, and prioritizing hazards.