Workplace Hazards Difficult to Identify and Manage

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Hazard identification (HI) and risk management (RM) are key procedures in occupational safety and health promotion at workplaces. Previous research has reported difficulties in HI and RM at workplaces. To improve the effectiveness of RM, this study charts hazards that are considered difficult to identify or manageat workplaces. Interviews (n = 46) were carried out in four large-scale manufacturing and facility services companies. The interviewees often mentioned psychosocial hazards, hazards due to exceptional circumstances, familiar and obvious hazards, and hazards of the shared workplaces as difficult to identify or manage. The reasons these hazards were difficult to identify or manage varied from lack of knowledge and competence to problems in communication and safety culture. Certain hazards receive less attention than they should because they were considered difficult to deal with. Further studies on the successful measures to manage these risks are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Safety Management and Human Performance
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conferences on Safety Management and Human Factors, and Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance, July 25-29, 2021, USA
EditorsPedro M. Arezes, Ronald L. Boring
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-80288-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-80287-5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2021
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics - Virtual, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 202129 Jul 2021
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3370


ConferenceInternational Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
Abbreviated titleAHFE 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Hazard identification
  • Workplace safety
  • Risk management
  • Risk assessment
  • Occupational safety and health

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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