Not all workplace hazards are visible. Watch this animation to find out some simple steps you can do to identify hazards at your work.
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Narrator: Not all workplace hazards can be seen.
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Dust, gas, fumes, and vapours are often invisible but breathing them in can cause serious lung diseases.
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Follow these steps to identify if your workers are breathing in hazardous air.
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One – inspect and monitor your workplace.
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Two – talk with your workers.
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Three – talk with supply chains and networks about the products you are using.
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And four – review information from work health and safety regulators, industry associations, and safety professionals.
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For more information on identifying hazards visit our website.