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Date PostedSeptember 21, 2012

How to Identify Safety Hazards in Construction – For small business owners

White Card Training is your first step towards a career in the construction industry. For those wanting to pursue a career in this exciting and challenging industry safety training is not only a legal requirement but also an important tool to help you overcome the many dangers present on construction and building sites.

Once workers have received the site specific training as well as the general construction induction training, the first thing employers should do is identify the hazards on site. Hazards may be common to the construction industry or unique to your specific site. Consult workers when identifying these hazards because some hazards may only be known to those workers involved in the specific task. You can also go through injury records to identify the most common risks.

Now after you’ve made your list of possible hazards you can begin to assess the risk and determine its seriousness, this will allow you to concentrate on the most serious ones first.

Once identified, you can begin to discuss ways of removing the hazard altogether. If it is not possible to eliminate the risk, look for ways to minimise it.

Some of the ways risks can be minimised is changing work procedures, using protective equipment to perform tasks, conduct less risky tasks etc.

Make sure all workers are aware of these safe work procedures and provide a written copy on site that workers can access whenever needed.

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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