Last updated November 2021
This chapter explains how to undertake hazard identification and what types of hazards to look out for.
What is hazard identification?
Hazard identification is the range of processes used to identify hazards in the workplace.
A hazard is any situation, substance, activity, event or environment that could potentially cause an injury or illness.
Your workplace is likely to have many hazards. The types of hazards relevant to your workplace will depend on the size and nature of your business.
Hazards can generally be divided into two main categories:
- general hazards; or
- special hazards.
Risk management is a process that includes hazard identification, risk assessment and the implementation, monitoring and review of control measures to reduce risks to the health and safety of workers.