What Are Hazards And Risks?

A hazard is anything in the workplace that has the potential to harm people.

Hazards can include objects in the workplace, such as machinery or dangerous chemicals.

Other hazards relate to the way work is done. For instance, hazards on a production line could include manual handling, excessive noise and fatigue caused by the pace of work.

A risk arises when it’s possible that a hazard will actually cause harm. The level of risk will depend on factors such as how often the job is done, the number of workers involved and how serious any injuries that result could be.