Health hazard assessments (HHA) are inspections of facilities and reviews of procedures to determine the extent of potential exposure of employees to hazardous substances and conditions. HHAs typically begin with a phone consultation to establish a dialogue with the employer and begin to gather background information on the workplace, such as what conditions prompted the contact with the Office of Occupational Health. Once the initial consultation is completed, the next step is a site visit conducted by Occupational Health staff. HHAs consist of different inspection and review methods depending on the specific workplace, but may include:
After the initial assessment is completed, staff from the Office of Occupational Health can meet with employers and employees to discuss the potential hazards in the workplace. OH staff can make recommendations and provide information so that everyone in the workplace can take responsibility for health and safety and work to improve it. Follow-up assessments can be performed to document progress and help the workplace continue to operate with an eye always on improving health and safety.Top of Page
The HHAs conducted by the Office of Occupational Health are meant to be preventative measures, rather than being a response to an accident or report of illness. By having Occupational Health conduct a workplace HHA you are taking pro-active steps to improve the health and safety of your employees. Performing a HHA can benefit a workplace by:
To request a HHA, simply contact the Office of Occupational Health.Top of Page
There are no costs associated with information and consultation provided by the Office of Occupational Health.Top of Page
The Office of Occupational Health is not an enforcement agency. While follow-up is conducted to track progress and confirm that recommendations have been implemented, the office provides advice and assistance without the potential for penalty or legal action against employers.
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