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Hazards: What is an imminent danger condition, a serious or other-than-serious hazard?

  • Imminent Danger Condition means any conditions or practices in any place of employment which are such that a danger exists which could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm, either immediately or before the danger can be eliminated.
  • Serious hazard is a hazard that is likely to cause serious injury, illness or death and would be cited as a standards violation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Other-than-serious hazards are cited in situations where the accident/incident or illness that would be most likely result from a hazardous condition would probably not cause death or serious physical harm, but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.

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