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Resolve to Eliminate the Hazard

- January 28, 2019 by Leslie Stoll, CSP, ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

Over the years, mySafetynews.com has provided a lot of a content containing training tips and informational blogs about how to improve safety. While that’s still important and we’ll continue to post blogs of that nature, this year we’re refocusing our efforts to help you physically eliminate hazards or reducing the risk of a hazard if it cannot be eradicated.

When you eliminate a hazard, it’s no longer an exposure that harm your employees. You won’t have worry about the human factor any longer which is often a contributing factor in most of our incident investigations. For example, if you eliminate the hazard, you no longer need to rely on your employees to make the safe decision such as wearing their respirator or using the proper ladder.

By eliminating the hazard, you remove it from the injury equation.

  • Person + Hazard = Injury
  • Work task + hazard = Injury
  • Equipment + hazard = Incident

No matter how you look at it, if you remove the hazard, then everyone goes home safe! Now, we aren’t saying this going to be a simple process, and we certainly aren’t saying that you can eliminate all hazards. After all, if your building is two stories, we can’t expect you remove the stairs to prevent people from falling down them or if your operations involve delivering product. Just like we can’t expect you to eliminate driving from your employee’s day.

In addition to eliminating hazards, we’ll focus other blogs on reducing the chances of an injury when a hazard can’t be erased from the equation. This can be done by cutting back on the frequency of exposure to the hazard, limiting which employees are exposed to the hazard, and lessening the severity of an injury.

We’ll be looking at exposure to prevent all types of injuries including material handling, motor vehicle accidents, caught in, struck by, workplace violence and more. Stay tuned!