Quick Health Hazard Identification Checklist
This is also why each of these questions needs to be answered:
- • What chemical substances are produced, used, handled, stored, or shipped in the workplace?
- • Are any vapors, gases, dusts, mists, or fumes present (including chemical byproducts of work processes)?
- • Are biological substances (such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, dusts, molds, and fungi) present in the workplace, the ventilation systems, and other components of the physical plant?
- • Are physical agents (energy sources strong enough to harm the body, such as electric currents, heat, light, vibration, noise, and radiation) present?
- • Are temperature extremes present?
- • Do ergonomic hazards exist—such as work requiring lifting, awkward posture, repetitive motions, excessive muscular force, or computer use?
- • Could any work processes, tools, or equipment cause health hazards (such as back injuries, soft tissue injuries, whole-body vibration, hearing loss, infections, and so forth)?
- • Could departures from safe work practices cause illnesses?
- • Can any potential health hazards be detected with the senses (smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight)?
- • Is there a presence of harmful stress in the workplace?
- • Are there any complaints from workers about workplace-related health problems?