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Do you understand why the OHS Act stipulates risk assessments as a business must?

by , 08 October 2014
One of the regulations in the OHS Act tells you that you must assess your workplace to identify the risks in it.

If you don't understand the reason behind this instruction, you might not use your risk assessments effectively.

To ensure you comply with the Act properly and use your risks assessment effectively, we're revealing the reason behind this OHS regulation. Read on to discover what it is...


This is why the OHS Act says you must do risk assessments

The Act instructs you to do risk assessments to ensure you deal with all the risks present in your workplace. 
Without a risk assessment, you might not spot a risk you need to deal with, or you might deal with it incorrectly.
This is the main reason behind the risk assessment rule in the Act.
But more than that, a risk assessment helps you determine what personal protective equipment (PPE) your employees need. And it identifies the risks you must give your employees extra training on.
To do that, you can follow these four steps to do a legally compliant risk assessment.
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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?
If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 

Do a legally compliant risk assessment in four easy steps

Step #1: Get as much information as possible
This includes:
- A production process flow diagram for the area;
- Training records;
- Occupational hygiene surveys;
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
- Fire emergency plans, general emergency procedures, risk portfolios, production plans, productivity studies;
- An evaluation of the incident register for the area; and
- Questioning and interviewing people.
Step #2: Analyse the tasks your employees perform and identify hazards
Step #3: Identify risks
Step #4: Quantify the risk
Following these four steps will enable you to do legally compliant risk assessments that do what the OHS Act requires.
To ensure your risk assessments are 100% compliant every time, check out the Risk Assessment Toolkit.

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