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Conference Proceeding


Griffith University


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Management / Centre for Innovative Practice




This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Bahn, S. T. (2012). Workplace hazard identification: What do people know and how is it done?. Proceedings of Annual Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 1-9). Gold Coast, Queensland. Griffith University. Available here


The correct and proactive identification of hazards in the workplace underpins all occupational health and safety practice and risk management strategies and is therefore paramount to effective business practices and the health and safety of all organisational members. It is a basic right of employees to be safe at work, but working safely relies on identifying risk. If managers and employees cannot identify risk then their safety cannot be assured. Managers and employees need to have sufficient knowledge to identify hazards that lead to risk in the workplace in order to inform processes to successfully control those risks. This paper draws upon the findings from two hazard identification and hazard management training workshops conducted with 77 employees of an underground mining operation in Western Australia in April and May 2011. The statistics provided by the organisation show that the training had a positive impact on reported incidents.

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