OSHA tool identifies workplace hazards

June 10, 2014

A new web-based training tool from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is designed to help truck body, trailer manufacturers, and other businesses identify hazards in their work areas.

The online tool helps employers and workers can locate workplace hazards commonly found in manufacturing and construction industries. In addition, those who use the training tool can learn to remedy the hazard maintain plant safety.

“Hazard identification is a critical part of creating an injury and illness prevention program that will keep workers safe and healthy on the job,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “This new tool not only educates employers about how to take control of their workplaces and protect workers, it also demonstrates that following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line.”. 

Through the hazard identification tool, users can play from the perspective of either a business owner or an employee as they learn to identify realistic, common hazards and address them with practical and effective solutions. The tool explains the key components of the hazard identification process, which include information collection, observation of the workplace, investigation of incidents, employee participation and prioritizing hazards.

OSHA developed the tool in conjunction with its Training Institute to assist small business owners in effectively identifying hazards in their workplace. The hazard identification training tool can be found on OSHA’s website at www.osha.gov/hazfinder. To view the game trailer, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj_IqaWSbKo&feature=youtu.be. For additional compliance assistance resources visit www.osha.gov.