A workplace hazard is any potential source of injury or property damage in the workplace. Workplace hazards can include unsafe conditions, damaged or improper equipment, inadequate procedures, missing safety equipment, and environmental contaminants. It is important to identify these hazards, and remove or minimize the risks they present.
Employees who identify a hazard in the workplace should inform their supervisor. Their supervisor then has the primary responsibility for investigating the hazard with input from his or her Dean, Director, Chair, and other staff. All employee injuries require the completion of a hazard investigation in addition to the report to Workers' Compensation. Damaged equipment or other workplace property may warrant a hazard investigation at the supervisor's discretion.
A Near Miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so.
Call Environmental Health & Safety at 239-590-1414 if you have any questions about this form, or for assistance in completing your workplace hazard investigation. Use this form to submit a report of your investigation to Environmental Health & Safety.