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Hazard Analysis (HAZAN)

Definition - What does Hazard Analysis (HAZAN) mean?

HAZAN stands for Hazard Analysis and is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. HAZAN takes into account the relationship between the employee, the task to be done, the tools at the workers disposal and the surrounding environment. Once uncontrolled hazards have been identified by a HAZAN analysis, steps can be taken to either eliminate risks or reduce risk to an acceptable level.

Safeopedia explains Hazard Analysis (HAZAN)

HAZAN is appropriate for all types of jobs in the workplace. However, priority should be given to jobs that have the highest illness or injury rates. Jobs that have the potential to cause severe or disabling injuries or illness should also be prioritized. You should also perform a HAZAN on jobs that are new to your organization or have undergone process or procedural changes.

To perform a job analysis, you should consider the following questions:

  • What could go wrong?
  • What are the consequences?
  • How could it happen?
  • What are other contributing factors?
  • How likely is it that the hazard will occur?
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