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RISK IDENTIFICATION – HAZARDS AND RISKS

A hazard is something that has the potential to cause injury, illness or damage where as a risk is the likelihood or probability that a hazard will cause an injury, illness or damage.

For example, a substance can present a major hazard, but the risk of harm or damage to the health of a worker can be low if the substance is stored or applied correctly, correct PPE is being used, if it is present in small amounts and being used by an experienced specialist, etc.

A common work practice may present a minor health or environmental hazard if it is carried out correctly, but the injury and health risk to workers can dramatically increase if the conditions are unsuitable, the practice is carried out in a hazardous manner, or the correct PPE is not worn.

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