Hazard Assessment Resources

A hazard assessment is the process of identifying, evaluating and managing hazards that have the potential to cause harm to workers health and safety in the workplace.

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Hazard Assessments

Position Inventory & Task List

These documents will be used to identify the various positions within your company and their associated tasks. The position inventory and task list should be used in conjunction with Formal Hazard Assessments to identify potential workplace hazards related to specific job roles and responsibilities.

Risk Matrix

Ranking or prioritizing hazards is one way to help determine which risks are the most serious in your organization and which to control first. Priority is usually established by considering the employee exposure and the potential for incident, injury, or illness. By assigning a priority to the risks, you are creating a ranking.

There are two ways to calculate risk based on severity and probability — one by multiplication and the other by addition. The colours and threshold levels included in the templates provided are examples. Companies can decide which colours they will use and set the threshold between each level of severity.

Risk Matrix Templates

Formal Hazard Assessment

A formal hazard assessment is a step-by-step analysis of all activities performed within an organization, from administrative work in the office to high-risk work in the field and shop and everything in between.

Formal Hazard Assessment Templates

Formal Hazard Assessment Examples

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Site-Specific Hazard Assessments

The purpose of site-specific hazard assessments is to identify hazards on a specific worksite at a particular moment in time, understand what risk those hazards pose and document how those risks were managed before work proceeds.

Identifying site-specific hazards is an important step in ensuring that jobs are completed safely and is often included in the pre-job meetings. These are also commonly referred to and Field Level Hazard Assessments.

Site Specific Hazard Assessment Templates

Hierachy of Controls

The hierarchy of controls is a systematic approach to minimize or eliminate workplace hazards. It provides a prioritized sequence of control measures, starting with the most effective and reliable methods and ending with the least effective. There are five levels in the hierarchy of control, including: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


There are 14 jurisdictions in Canada: 1 federal, 10 provincial and 3 territorial – each having its own occupational health and safety legislation outlining the rights and responsibilities of the employer, the supervisor, and the worker.

All jurisdictions require employers to conduct hazard assessments, and to either eliminate, or put controls in place to protect employees against hazards.

Training and Support

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Reference Material

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