Driving, Hazards, & Risk Assessments

Before diving into the risk associated with energy sources and sources of harm, let’s get a quick reminder of what is a hazard and what is risk.

hazard is any source of potential damage, harm or adverse health effects on something or someone under certain conditions at work.  So, a hazardous energy is any electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, chemical, nuclear, thermal, gravitational, or other energy that can harm people.  Some energy sources are obvious, such as electricity, heat in a furnace, or an object that might fall.  Others may be hidden hazards such as air pressure in a tank or a compressed spring.

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