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As a health and safety professional with the city’s Health Department, my job is to ensure workplaces are free from health and safety hazards, and that all employees are protected from these hazards at all times. Workplaces contain many types of health and safety hazards. As a result, employers are required to keep employees safe and protect them against these hazards. Investigating and identifying incidents which result from hazards is an important role of the employer, and the health and safety professional. Furthermore, a root cause analysis—a type of problem solving—are used by employers and outside professionals to identify and correct the root cause of a problem.
I was notified of a potential hazard at a local distribution warehouse where employees were complaining of dizziness and feeling sick. Upon arrival at the warehouse, I did not immediately identify what could have made the employees sick, although, I could smell exhaust from the forklifts around the shipping and receiving loading area. Upon further observation, I noticed other employees in the same general area,…
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