Course 122 Introduction to Hazard Controls

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Modules: 2
Hours: 1
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 122 Introduction to Hazard Controls

Key Topics

  • Hazard Types
  • Exposures
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Elimination
  • Substitution
  • Engineering Controls
  • Administrative Controls
  • Work Practice Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Target Audience

  • Employees
  • Supervisors
  • Managers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Identifying, analyzing, and controlling hazards is a core safety management responsibility.

How do you identify hazards and control hazards? Consider what could cause the injuries and illnesses your employees could have when they are at work - then determine how to eliminate or control those hazards. The big idea is to use the "Hierarchy of Controls" to eliminate or control the hazards, and/or exposure to those hazards. But the first thing you need to do is to identify the hazards you currently have in your workplace.

Here are six things you can do to get started:

  • Conduct a baseline hazard survey.
  • Perform regular workplace inspections.
  • Do a job-hazard analysis.
  • Use safety data sheets to identify chemical hazards.
  • Look for new hazards whenever you change equipment, materials, or work processes.
  • Investigate incident and accidents to determine root causes.

This short course doesn't cover all of these solutions, so if you want to learn more about hazard identification and control strategies, be sure to take OSHAcademy courses 704 Hazard Analysis and Control, 706 Job Hazard Analysis, and 716 Safety Management System Evaluation.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1: Identifying Hazards

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Define and give examples of "hazards," and "exposures."
  • Describe the three basic types of OSHA-recognized hazards: industry, employer, and common sense recognition.
  • Describe the three basic types of exposure to hazards: physical, environmental, and potential exposure.
  • List and give examples of each of the five general hazard areas: materials, equipment, environment, people, and system.
  • List and give examples of at least five of the 13 types of occupational hazards.

Module 2: Controlling Hazards

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • List each of the five hazard control strategies within the Hierarchy of Controls.
  • Describe the hazard control strategies that eliminate or mitigate hazards.
  • Describe the hazard control strategies that eliminate or mitigate exposure to hazards.
  • Describe and give examples of interim control measures.
  • Describe the importance of developing and maintaining preventive and corrective maintenance programs.
  • Discuss ways to track the identification and control of hazards.

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