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Occupational Health and Safety: Rate Your Hazard IQ

Any work or life situation that can result in injury, disease or death is a hazard. Check out how you rate on this Hazard IQ quiz.

We all know different workplaces have different hazards. A hazard may be a slippery door mat, the hot oil from a deep fryer or the toxic gossip in the office. Some hazards, such as moving vehicles, are so familiar that we sometimes ignore them and put ourselves—or others—at risk. The ability to recognize a hazard will help you avoid a serious accident or injury. If you're a young worker or new on the job, and under 25, your chances of getting hurt at work are higher than for more experienced workers.

Learn to recognize types of hazards

You can keep yourself and those around you safer when you recognize the 4 main types of hazards.

  1. Physical hazards may involve equipment, machinery or tools. Loud noise levels or extreme heat and cold are also physical hazards. A roofer who uses a nail gun to fasten shingles all day, for example, may suffer from repetitive strain injury.
  2. Biological hazards involve bacteria, viruses, insects, mould or plant materials. Tree planters, for example, may have an allergic reaction to plants, insects or fungi. Hospital workers may be exposed to certain viruses or bacteria.
  3. Chemical hazards involve dust, fumes, vapours, gases or chemical mists. Examples include the powerful cleaners for ovens or toilet bowls or the chemicals used in a greenhouse.
  4. Psychosocial hazards include violence, harassment or bullying, working conditions, stress, impairment or fatigue. Examples include bullying or working long or rotating shifts.

What's your Hazard IQ?

The ability to recognize a hazard will help you stay safe—at work or anywhere. Identify the type or types of hazard. Then check out your Hazard IQ.

  1. A crew leader yells at a new worker. The new worker is uncomfortable returning to work the next day.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  2. A security guard has just completed her day shift. Her team leader calls and asks her to be back at work for the graveyard shift.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  3. A teen who skateboards to their after-school job plans to jump and slide down a rail along the way. But the front wheels of the board are loose and missing a screw.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  4. A student has a part-time job cleaning a building. The student uses industrial strength cleaners. Once a month they must use a special, toxic cleaner.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  5. After sports events and concerts, a worker cleans the stadium and empties the garbage bins. The worker uses biking gloves instead of the ones they were provided as they felt uncomfortable.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  6. A student gets a job at a pizza place. The job involves cutting pizzas as they come out of the oven. Each day, the student cuts more than 50 pizzas.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  7. A student bikes on a new trail. Even though they’re not familiar with the steep terrain and sharp corners, they speed down the path.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  8. A supervisor asks a worker out for dinner. The worker says no. The week after, the supervisor asks again and says if the answer is no, the worker might be let go.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial
  9. Workers in an office complain of headaches, eye irritation and fatigue. Delivery vehicles idle by a vent, which draws air into the building.
    • physical
    • biological
    • chemical
    • psychosocial

Answers:

  1. Psychosocial
  2. Psychosocial
  3. Physical
  4. Chemical
  5. Biological or Chemical
  6. Physical
  7. Physical
  8. Psychosocial
  9. Chemical

How did you do?

  • 8-9 Awesome
  • 6-7 Gearing up
  • 4-5 At risk
  • 0-3 At X-Treme risk. Try again.
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