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Hazard Identification – take the challenge and win!

Win a $30 Gift Card!

Identifying a Hazard

A hazard is something or a situation that can cause harm, e.g., dangerous chemicals, working up a ladder, noise, a bully at work, stress, etc.

Identifying hazards is an important part of making a workplace and/or a placement safe. There are several ways to do this.  One way is to use a list of hazard groups. However, there is no standard checklist of hazards. So, organisations use the ones they find useful and are more related to their work environment. The list below is useful for this purpose.


Based on this list, hazards are categorised into 10 common groups, but in reality situations and hazards are far more numerous and will extend beyond these.

Simple list of Hazard Groups:

  1. Electricity
  2. Chemicals
  3. Noise
  4. Gravity
  5. Biological
  6. Radiation
  7. Manual tasks
  8. Temperatures
  9. Machinery and equipment
  10. Psychosocial


The Quiz:

Your challenge is to categorise the hazards below based on the ten groups mentioned above.

Poor posture, old wiring, faulty food chopper, frequent lifting, blood, X-ray, insect bite, fumes, loudspeaker, wet staircase.

You need to answer at least 7 out of 10 items correctly to enter into the potential winner’s list.

The winner will be chosen at random and they will receive a $30 voucher of their choice  – Teens, Priceline Pharmacy, Event Cinemas, or Cotton on.

Please send your responses to the Risk Management Coordinator via [email protected] by Friday 26  February. The winner will be announced via email by 2 March and their name will be also published in the next newsletter.

Your time starts now!

Parham Fouladi

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