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Hazard identification is part of hazard analysis which involves the identification of hazards at a facility and evaluating possible accident scenarios leading to unwanted consequences. Without a good system of hazard identification, it is possible for a hazard to be overlooked and the assessment of risk will be incomplete; as such, it is a very important part of the risk management process. A hazard not identified is a potential accident waiting to happen. If hazards are identified early in a project, it is easier and cheaper to put a suitable risk control measures in place.
Ask yourself and your crew:
- How can something like this happen here (e.g. on our site)?
- What safety measures (i.e. procedures, controls/barriers) do we have in place to mitigate the risk?
- How do we know the risk controls/barriers are working?
- What improvements or changes should we make to the procedures, controls/barriers or the way we work?
Original content courtesy of IChemE Safety Centre