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'We outsource our health and safety, so I don't have to worry about it.' - WRONG!

by , 26 April 2016
As you may know, I'm coordinating a seminar on Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. So when I was telling Marc a business owner, about this event, he said he doesn't worry about conducting risk assessments in his company. The reason - he says 'We outsource our health and safety, so I don't have to worry about it.'

Unfortunately, he couldn't be more wrong!

The OHS Act says the employer is responsible for health and safety in their company... so you can't simply pass the buck! (Section 8 of the OHS Act)
 
In fact, it's in your best interest to conduct risk assessments. Here are 5 reasons why.

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Identify, assess and prevent accidents in the workplace

The FSPBusiness Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Workshop on 19 May in Johannesburg and 23 May in Durban is your comprehensive guide for effective risk management in your company.

Benefit from a practical session on how to complete a Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Report
This course is designed and measured according to SAQA Unit Standard 259619 – Address workplace hazards and risks (NQF Level 2: Credits 3)

SAVE yourself from a R100 000 fine, 2 years in jail or both! And prevent being taken to the CCMA by your employees. And if you book by 5 May 2016 you SAVE R1000 with the Early Bird Discount!

Click here to book your seat or email seminars@fsp.co.za

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5 Benefits of doing risk assessments in your company
 
Conducting a risk assessment process will help you:
 

  1. Recognise and control hazards and exposures in the workplace.
  2. Create awareness among employees. Use it as a training tool as well.
  3. Set risk management standards, based on acceptable safe practices and legal requirements.
  4. Reduce incidents in the workplace.
  5. Save costs by being proactive instead of reactive.
 
It's a fact that most incidents in the workplace occur due to insufficient management controls. So make sure you have a good HIRA process in your company. Read on below…
 
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Are you absolutely sure your risk assessment process is 100% legally compliant?
 

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Why a HIRA process is good for your company
 
You can prevent most of the incidents in your workplace. All you need to do is implement risk management systems like training, inspections and supervise!
 
That's why you need a HIRA process. It's proactive. It's more cost effective to complete a HIRA process and implement a risk management system than to have an incident on site and then create one afterwards.
 
To effectively identify hazards and assess risks in the workplace, you'll need to get training. Here's a good HIRA one-day training course.
 
And if you do have an incident at your workplace, here are 3 Critical steps for conducting an effective incident investigation
 
P.S. Even when using outside experts, you need someone in-house who has a good level of health and safety knowledge. Be sure they're covering everything. Here's what my go-to health and safety expert Johann Botes recommends for your company.  


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