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If you don't listen to your health and safety representative, your risk assessment is doomed to fail

by , 09 March 2017
If you don't listen to your health and safety representative, your risk assessment is doomed to failAs the boss, you know what's best for your company. No one else can make the important decisions about money, products and investment.

But when it comes to health and safety, you might need some help. The fact that you sit in your office and don't see what your employees do means you don't know what'll protect them best.

This is why you need to involve your health and safety representative. You must do this particularly in your risk assessments or they'll fail...

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Your health and safety representative's input will ensure your risk assessment's a success

 
Your health and safety representative sees what your employees go through on a day-to-day basis. He understands the risks involved in their jobs.
 
So when it comes time to do you risk assessment, he can point you in the right direction. His insight can help highlight things you may have missed before.
 
For example, you may look at one of your machines and think it's safe. But your health and safety representative can tell you that your employees are actually scared to use it because it overheats. 
 
This is something you may not have noticed without him.
 
So during your risk assessment ensure you get your health and safety representative's input on these five things...
 

Get your health and safety representative's input on these important things

 
1. The state of the machinery and equipment that's on site;
2. Your employees health and safety knowledge and training;
3. The condition of your employees PPE;
4. The working conditions on site; and
5. Your employees' attitude to health and safety.
 
With his input, you'll be more successful at identifying risks. This is the best way to ensure your risk management plan doesn't have any serious holes in it. 
 
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