Document Type

Journal Article


CCH Australia Limited


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Management / Centre for Innovative Practice




This article was originally published as: Bahn, S. T. (2012). Workplace hazard identification: What do workers in mining know?. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 28(3), 10. Original article available here


This paper presents the findings of a study conducted in 2011/2012 that investigated the skills of new entrants to the mining industry’s skills in identifying workplace hazards from photographs of their work areas and strategies to improve these practices identified by health and safety managers. The findings of phase one of the study indicated that there was a greater ability to identify the hazards by those with 6–10 years experience and aged 34–45 years. Phase two of the study, which is the topic of this paper, identified training, communication and documentation as important to improve hazard identification skills. Other strategies suggested included incorporating hazard identification as part of performance management strategies, the role of safety inductions for new entrants (those new to working in mining), the importance of roles in improving organisational safety culture, the use of safety systems, specific training in hazard identification and the use of walkthrough workplace training to identify hazards.

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