ES&H Manual



Tips and Tricks

Hazard Identification



General Conditions


1.   Are you familiar with the MSDS requirements for the materials being used and the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

acids, flammable gases and solvents, heavy metals (lead, etc.), respirator, gloves, aprons, face shield, safety glasses, working with flammables

2.      Will you create dust, welding arcs, heat, excessive noise, ionizing/non-ionizing radiation, or chemical mixtures during the tasks?

welding grinding, painting, x-rays, respirator, gloves, RF, lasers, chemicals, epoxies

3.      Are there any fire or explosive hazards associated with the task or likely to develop because of the task?

painting, welding, grinding, brazing, mixing chemicals, battery charging

4.      Could the task create headaches, breathing problems, or dizziness from odors, etc.?

motor exhaust, painting, ozone, solvents, acids, bases, chemicals, portable heaters

5.      Is the task performed where there is limited space? Does this create additional hazards? Do other conditions such as limited entry, egress, or poor ventilation exist?

restricted workspace or inadequate work surfaces, confined space, manholes, pits, tanks

6.      Does the task require compressed, liquefied, or noxious gases?

cryogenics, nitrogen, helium, argon, carbon monoxide

7.      Does the task require work in areas or with materials subject to temperature extremes?

welding, soldering, brazing, cryogenics, resistive heating

8.      Does the task involve the use of fork trucks, hoists, or cranes?

manlifts, subcontractors, rentals, slings, rigging

9.      Does the task involve the use of powered hand tools or the use of sharp instruments?

drills, saws, PPE, GFCI, power activated tools, box cutters, wire strippers, or devices using X-acto blades

10.   Does the work involve the risk of electrical shock or other forms of hazardous energy?

LOTO, compressed gases, lasers, power supplies, pressure, cryogenics

11.   Does the task involve working above or below floor level?

ladders, scaffolds, ODH, fall protection, confined space

12.   Does the task involve lifting, pulling, pushing, or carrying heavy objects, or repetitive motion?

posture, back injury, twisting, fork lifts, cranes

13.   Does the task involve work with pressurized or vacuum vessels?

GFCI resistive heaters, pressure relief, tanks, containers

14.   Does the task require any permits?

RWP, FHWP, confined space, Energized Electrical Work Permit, Dig or Blind Penetration Permit

15.   Does the task require specialized training?

subcontractors, scaffold, manlift, confined space

16.   Will waste products require special handling or disposal requirements?

chemicals, by products, discharges to sewer or ground, HRSD

17.   Does the task involve the handling of materials with sharp edges?

unguarded sharp metal edges from machining, cutting, drilling, welding

18.   Do constraints on space make this task more difficult (work environment)?

confined space, restricted workspace

This list is not all encompassing.Please feel free to contact the author of this document to add any hazards we may have overlooked.











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ESH&Q Division

Mary Jo Bailey






This document is controlled as an on line file.It may be printed but the print copy is not a controlled document.It is the userís responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current on line file.This copy was printed on 5/22/2009.