Hazard and Risk Assessment

Assess and control the hazards and risks at your workplace, with help from Spark Safety experts. Hazard and risk assessments evaluate specific jobs or processes where safety is a concern.


What We Do

Proactively Address Hazards and Risks at Work

Do you need to better understand the health and safety risks of specific jobs or processes at work? Then, you may need a Hazard and Risk Assessment.

While health and safety inspections and audits assess an entire workplace or a broad program, with a Hazard and Risk Assessment, we zero in on a specific aspect of work. 

Assessments focus on any individual or group of jobs, tasks and/or processes in your workplace. 

Spark Safety Solutions consultants have extensive, specialized experience with both individual assessments and assessments of entire work sites. 

It’s our job to see the hazards and risks that others miss and recommend controls to keep your worksite safer.


Workplace Hazards and Risks

Hazards can be described as anything that can cause injury, illness, damage to workplace property or environmental damage. A hazard could appear as biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic and/or psychosocial.

Risk is the likelihood that an existing hazard will cause injury, illness or damage.
Do you need a Hazard and Risk Assessment?

As an employer, you know your responsibilities to keep workers safe. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) says that an employer must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers.

But does that mean conducting a Hazard and Risk Assessment?

Not every job or process requires this level of assessment — but some certainly do. 

When a change has been made in a process or job and there’s reason to believe that change has health and safety implications, an assessment can be the right choice. 

Sometimes a Hazard and Risk Assessment is conducted re-actively, when an accident or near-accident reveals the work process isn’t safe. That’s when you need to identify root causes and often, implement controls.

The best way to find out if a Hazard and Risk Assessment is a reasonable precaution is to talk to a safety expert.


Hazard And Risk Process

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How Hazard and Risk Assessments Work

When you work with Spark Safety, one of our experienced consultants will come to your site, wherever you’re located in Canada or the US.

Looking at the identified processes or jobs, we’ll identify hazards and risks by thoroughly reviewing processes as employees demonstrate the tasks. 

Your safety consultant will clarify any questions with you before preparing a thorough report and action plan.

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Your Hazard and Risk Assessment Report

After Spark Safety conducts an assessment, we’ll detail our findings in a Hazard and Risk Assessment report. You can use this report as evidence of due diligence and a template for repeating the process internally in the future.

For each hazard, we’ll specify the recommended corrective action and indicate the urgency:

  • Major hazards (require immediate corrective action)
  • Serious hazards (require short-term action)
  • Minor hazards (require long-term action)

Your Spark Safety consultant will present our findings back to your team and any key stakeholders, sharing recommendations for next steps.

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What happens after your Hazard & Risk Assessment?

We… determine the “pre” and “post” control risk levels of hazards at your workplace.