A comprehensive guide to performing an EHS risk assessment can be found here


The following list is not exhaustive but provides examples of some common workplace hazards that should be considered during this process:

Chemical Hazards :

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Chemicals in storage or use; hazardous materials handled in laboratories, Biological Hazards: hypodermic needles, blood spills, body fluids, animal bites, hypodermic needles, blood spills, body fluids, animal bites Physical Hazards: noise levels are too high; slippery floors due to water or chemical spills; construction sites with improperly guarded holes or other hazards, noise levels are too high; slippery floors due to water or chemical spills; construction sites with improperly guarded holes or other hazards Radiation Hazards,ionizing radiation, microwaves, lasers, ultraviolet and visible light sources; ionizing radiation, microwaves, lasers, ultraviolet and visible light sources;

Vibration Hazards :

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Repetitive motion with tools or machinery; vibration transmitted through the handle of a tool or hand-arm system components (ex. drill presses); noisy equipment vibrations may cause hearing loss over time; repetitive motion with tools or machinery; vibration transmitted through the handle of a tool or hand-arm system components (ex. drill presses); noisy equipment vibrations may cause hearing loss over time;

Machine/Power Tool Hazards:

Powered tools, machinery, and vehicles; loading docks where trucks are moving in and out (e.g., dock levelers); powered tools, machinery, and vehicles; loading docks where trucks are moving in and out (e.g., dock levelers);

Fire & Explosion Hazards:

Appropriate storage of flammable liquids; appropriate storage of combustible materials (e.g., storage lockers, shelves) adjacent to electrical panels; welding; appropriate storage of flammable liquids; appropriate storage of combustible materials (e.g., storage lockers, shelves) adjacent to electrical panels; welding;

Asbestos Hazards:

Identify any asbestos-containing material (ACM) in buildings or other facilities; identify existing asbestos abatement activities; assess the risk associated with “probable exposure” during future renovation/demolition activities (per OSHA regulations); identify any asbestos-containing material (ACM) in buildings or other facilities; identify existing asbestos abatement activities; assess the risk associated with “probable exposure” during future renovation/demolition activities (per OSHA regulations);

Biohazardous Materials :

Sharps; blood or body fluids; animal carcasses, e.g., rodents, birds; chemicals used in the preparation of specimens for laboratory analysis; sharps; blood or body fluids; animal carcasses, e.g., rodents, birds; chemicals used in the preparation of specimens for laboratory analysis

Biological Hazards :

Hypodermic needles, blood spills, body fluids, animal bites, hypodermic needles, blood spills, body fluids, animal bites

Radiation Hazards :

Ionizing radiation, microwaves, lasers, ultraviolet and visible light sources; ionizing radiation, microwaves, lasers, ultraviolet, and visible light sources

General Workplace Hazards:

Slippery floors due to water or chemical spills; construction sites with improperly guarded holes or other hazards. Slippery floors due to water or chemical spills; construction sites with improperly guarded holes or other hazards

List of possible examples :

Supervisors demonstrating unsafe work practices, unguarded machinery and equipment, improper grounding of electrical equipment, unsecured loads on aerial lifts and scissor lifts, exposed electrical power lines, improperly anchored scaffolds, personnel exposed to hazards from traffic patterns at construction sites.

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