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November 22, 2021
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Hazard Analysis – Ask the Right Questions

It is important to identify hazards prior to performing routine and non-routine work. Break the work task into steps and ask these simple questions:

Struck Against: Can a worker forcefully strike against anything (sharp edges, protruding objects, machinery, etc.)?

Struck By: Can anything move or strike a worker abruptly or forcefully?

Contact: Can the worker come in contact with live electrical conductors?

Caught In: Can any part of the worker be caught on any object which could pull them into moving equipment?

Caught Between: Can any part of the body be caught between something moving and something stationary or between two moving objects?

Fall – Same Level: Can a worker slip or trip on anything that would result in a fall?

Fall – Different Level: Can a worker fall from one level to another?

Overexertion: Can a worker be injured while lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting, reaching, bending, or any other motion resulting in a sprain or strain?

Exposure: Can a worker be exposed to excessive noise, extreme temperatures, hazardous chemicals, toxic gases, airborne dust, or fumes, etc.?

Engulfment: Can a material or liquid engulf a worker?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” implement strategies to eliminate, control, or reduce the hazard(s).


Source: Joe Mlynek is president of Progressive Safety Services LLC, Port Clinton, OH:, and content creation expert for Safety Made Simple Inc., Olathe, KS;



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