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Hazard Handler Online Tool

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About this tool:
The Hazard Handler Online Tool is a free resource that provides small businesses with guidance on:

  • Managing workplace health and safety
  • Identifying common hazards in your workplace

The Hazard Handler is designed to help small businesses kick-start their hazard management system. It provides practical information on how to identify and handle both generic and industry specific health and safety issues. If your business is eligible, you can also use the Hazard Handler online tool to apply for the ACC Workplace Safety Discounts programme. 

The Hazard Handler provides hints and tips for managing hazards and references to further resources you can explore. It should take up to 60 minutes to complete. When you finish using the Hazard Handler, you can download a personalised Hazard Register. Please note that if the tool is left for two hours on one page, a time-out will occur and the tool will re-set to the start page.

The Hazard Handler also provides application forms for the ACC Workplace Safety Discounts programme.  To apply, submit these forms and your Hazard Register to ACC. To be eligible for Workplace Safety Discounts, you must be either self-employed or a small business within the agriculture, construction, forestry, motor trades, or road transport industries.

For more information on how to apply for ACC’s Workplace Safety Discounts see Workplace Safety Discounts [external link].

Please note that completing the tool and downloading a finished hazard register does not guarantee compliance with the Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992. However, completing the hazard handler provides you with the first steps towards managing health and safety within your workplace.


Although the Department of Labour has made every effort to ensure that the information produced by this tool is accurate, it will not answer every question and should not be used as a substitute for legislation, legal advice, and does not constitute advice from the Department.
The Department of Labour takes no responsibility for the results of any actions taken on the basis of information on this website, or for any errors or omissions.

Contact us

For more information on hazard management, contact the Department of Labour through our website or contact centre 0800 20 90 20.


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