action Plan neeDeD
6. Does your company receive
regular confirmation from
the contractor that all safety
measures and procedures are
being carried out?
7. Does your company ensure that
contractors take disciplinary
action for breaches of safe work
8. Are all meetings and discussions
with the contractor documented?
coMPonent 5.0 HazarD iDentiFication, aSSeSSMent anD control
under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers have the duty to ensure the health, safety
and welfare of workers. The Occupational Health and Safety Act and associated legislation specify
certain risks or hazards that must be guarded against. however, there are many other risks that are not
specifically covered. It is up to the employer to identify, assess and control these too.
An important part of bringing due diligence to work is to develop and implement procedures to identify
hazards before an injury occurs.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act expects employers (directors, managers, supervisors and
others in authority) to consider, in advance, the jobs to be performed by employees and to take due
care to inform, train and protect them from hazards. Once a hazard is identified by any party, the
employer must take corrective action.
effective hazard identification, assessment and control are central to a successful health and safety
program and any due diligence defence. hazards are identified through a variety of techniques such as
job safety analysis, workplace inspections, injury and incident investigations, exposure assessments,
chemical process safety and system safety reviews. The involvement of OhS committees is critical in
the identification, assessment and control of hazards.