Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control

Minimizing risk at work involves understanding the hazards a worker will be exposed to, and controlling those hazards.  Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC) plans should be completed to minimize the hazards associated with work activities.

HIRAC plans also form the basis for documenting Safe Work Procedures (SWP’s) at VIU. SWP’s must be in developed to establish consistent level of work safety and performance for everyone in the workplace. A SWP includes a step-by-step description of the activity, training required, materials and equipment required, hazards identified and how to control the risk of the hazards. SWP’s can also serve as a training tool for new workers or as a reference guide for seasoned workers.