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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, fungi, mold 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 involve violence, working conditions, stress 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 new worker has received verbal threats from a journeyperson. The new worker is now scared to come to work.

      ___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 his 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 college student has a part-time job cleaning a building. He uses industrial strength cleaners. Once a month he 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. She doesn't wear gloves as she finds them uncomfortable.

      ___physical

      ___biological

      ___chemical

      ___psychosocial


  6. A junior high school student gets a job at a local restaurant. His job involves cutting pizzas as they come out of the oven. In 1 day, he cuts more than 50 pizzas.

      ___physical

      ___biological

      ___chemical

      ___psychosocial


  7. After a long day at work, 2 young men go mountain biking around Banff. Even though they’re not familiar with the steep terrain and sharp corners, they speed down the path.

      ___physical

      ___biological

      ___chemical

      ___psychosocial


  8. A hospital worker often forgets to wash her hands and sometimes doesn't bother wearing gloves.

      ___physical

      ___biological

      ___chemical

      ___psychosocial


  9. Workers in an office complain of headaches, eye irritation and fatigue. At the same time, delivery companies are leaving their vehicles to idle under the air intake system, which provides air to the building.

      ___physical

      ___biological

      ___chemical

      ___psychosocial

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

How did you do?
8-9 Awesome
6-7 Gearing up
4-5 Cliff hanger
0-3 Crash and burn. Try again.

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