Environmental Health & Safety

Hazard management

Hazard management is a crucial piece to the Environmental Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) in any workplace. By managing hazards in the workplace, the chance of loss, injury, or harm to people, equipment, materials, and environment is reduced.


A hazard assessment, as defined by the Government of Alberta, is a written process to recognize existing and potential hazards at work per job position type, before they cause harm to you or others. Here is a document produced by the Government of Alberta that can clarify compliance requirements as they pertain to workplace hazard assessments.
Position level hazard assessment

1. Do a position level hazard assessment based on job tasks to identify the hazards in the workplace.
2. Identify the frequency and severity of an injury occurring because of the hazard using the MRU risk matrix.
3. Add the frequency and severity to determine the risk of injury surrounding the task you are doing to decide whether the risk is accepted.

Position level hazard assessments should be done between supervisor and employee on an annual basis, signed and recorded
Field level hazard assessment

1. Do a field level hazard assessment each day if your tasks will be changing throughout the day.
2. Hand in field level hazard assessments to supervisor/manager and recorded.

Watch the 'Filling out a hazard assessment' video.

Workplace inspections are another way of identifying hazards found in the workplace. Informal workplace inspections occur daily by the staff in your area. Formal workplace inspections are done on an annual basis in your area and led by the EH&S team. Workplace inspections, formal and informal, must be documented and signed off by managers/supervisors of the area.
Have questions about hazard identification and/or assessment? Ask EH&S

When dealing with hazards, best practice is to eliminate the hazard or substitute the hazard for a less hazardous process, substance, or method.
If elimination/substitution of the hazard is not feasible, continue down the path of the hierarchy of controls until you find a solution that makes sense for your workplace.
Hierarchy of Controls
Have questions about hazard control in your workplace? Ask EH&S
Hazards can be reported by anyone at MRU. Here's how you can report a hazard.

 Questions about hazard management? Ask EH&S!