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Reasons Why The Seriousness Of A Hazard May Be Underestimated

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Identify the reasons why the seriousness of a hazard may be underestimated by someone exposed to it

  • The person may not have been exposed to the situation in the past
  • Has worked in the same job without ill-effect
  • Their attitude – does not care
  • The person may be tired



  • Not had awareness training (initial or refresher)
  • Over-reliance on PPE
  • Controls not functioning e.g. LEV
  • Alarms not operational (CO H2S)
  • Effects of medication / drugs / Alcohol
  • Cumulative impacts of failures – one adding to another and having more serious consequences

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