Safety Audit Brief #4

July 6, 2020

Learn more about field level and formal hazard assessments
What is the difference between Formal Hazard Assessments and Field Level Hazard Assessments?

Field level hazard assessment are also known as site specific hazard assessments. They are performed before works starts at a site, and at sites where conditions change, or non-routine work is added.  Site specific hazard assessments identify and control unexpected hazards that cannot be anticipated in the formal hazard assessment system. These hazards are specific to a work location and are often changing.

Example of hazards identified on the site specific hazard assessments are access and egress hazards, overhead hazards, power lines, lighting levels, other work in the area, noise, etc.

Formal hazard assessments follow a step by step (formal) process that looks closely at the overall operations of a company to prevent work related injuries. These assessments are used to identify hazards, measure risk (to help prioritize hazards) and implement and monitor effective controls. Once complete the company will have recorders of detailed assessments that identify hazards, risks and controls for all tasks within the company. These records will require regular review and maintenance.

Download the Alberta Hazard Assessment and Hazard Control Handbook. Pages 7-25 covers Formal Hazard Assessments and Pages 31-39 covers Site Hazard Assessments.

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Zero injuries.

Zero incidents.