- Follow this hierarchy when implementing health and safety risk controls - here's a practical example that shows you how
- Earlier this week, we revealed the hierarchy you need to follow when implementing risk controls in your business.
We made it clear that if you don't follow it, the health and safety risk controls you implement might not protect your employees effectively. And you'll be at risk of DoL fines.
Today, we're giving you a practical example that shows how you need to go about following this hierarc... ››› more
- [13 February 2015]
- Follow these five steps to reduce health and safety risks in your company
- You know you have a legal duty to manage health and safety risks in your company. You also know that if you don't comply, the DoL could charge you penalties, or send you to jail.
What you might not know is how to manage or reduce these health and safety risks to keep your employees safe.
Well, we've got good news for you.
Today our health and safety experts explain what you need to do to... ››› more
- [12 February 2015]
- Did you know there's a hierarchy you need to follow when implementing health and safety risk controls in your business?
- After you identify risks in your workplace by doing a risk assessment, you must implement risks controls.
Now most employers think they can implement these controls in any way they like.
Big mistake! Your employees could still be in danger.
The OHS Act outlines a specific order you must follow to put risk controls in place. If you don't use this order, not only will you be going against t... ››› more
- [12 February 2015]
- Five steps to conduct a health and safety risk management audit to prevent accidents at work
- Workplace accidents are more expensive than you realise.
If your employee gets injured, he may have to take time off. During this time, you must train and pay his replacement, repair damaged property, investigate the accident and take corrective action. All this could cause delays and add to your administrative time. Basically, you'll lose money.
That's why the best thing to do is to conduct... ››› more
- [11 February 2015]
- Before you implement risk control measures, consider these three points so you can comply with the OHS Act and avoid penalties
- You have a legal duty to keep your employees safe at work.
To do this, you must:
1. Identify all the hazards that affect them;
2. Assess the risks that come with each hazard; and
3. Implement risk control measures to reduce risks.
When you implement risk controls, you must follow the legal principle of what a reasonable man would do in these circumstances, says the OHS Act.
To do t... ››› more
- [10 February 2015]
- Now that you've implemented risk control measures, do the following to make sure they remain effective
- Doing a risk assessment, analysing the risks and putting control measures in place to reduce hazards doesn't mean your job is complete.
You also need to make sure these controls remain effective. In other words, you must monitor them. If you don't, you're breaking provisions of the OHS Act. And your employees may still be in danger.
And you know what that means: Accident rates will increase... ››› more
- [10 February 2015]
- Five steps to prepare for emergencies even if your risk control measures fail
- Because you know you have a legal duty to manage health and safety risks in your company, you conduct a risk assessment to identify hazards. After this process, you implement risk control measures.
Your job's complete, right?
You also need to consider the type of emergencies that could come about if your risk controls fail so you can plan for them.
Let's face it, you could have ... ››› more
- [09 February 2015]
- You've completed your risk assessment - now avoid these three mistakes when putting your safety measures in place
- The point of a risk assessment is to help you identify the risks in your company and choose appropriate safety measures to counter this.
But all too often, safety officers put ineffective safety measures in place because they make simple mistakes.
If this happens to you, you just wasted your time doing a risk assessment.
Here are the three common mistakes you must avoid when putting your... ››› more
- [06 February 2015]
- Think risk assessments are a once-off obligation? This assumption could be the reason the DoL shuts your company down
- Many business owners think risk assessments are something they only have to do when they set up their health and safety programme.
This is a serious and costly mistake.
A mistake that could even lead to the DoL shutting down your company.
Read on to find out why so you can avoid this disastrous assumption...
Never assume you only have to do one risk assessment
Your risk ass... ››› more
- [05 February 2015]
- Your company's health and safety programme won't be legally compliant if you make these eight risk assessment mistakes
- When you plan your health and safety programme, you need to base it on a risk assessment. This way, you can create a plan specific to the dangers in your company.
Without a risk assessment, not only won't your programme work effectively, it also won't be legally compliant.
But even if you do a risk assessment and you make these eight mistakes, it still won't meet the OHS Act's requirements... ››› more
- [04 February 2015]
- Don't let these six common problems stand in your way of a legally compliant risk assessment
- A risk assessment forms the base of any health and safety programme. But did you know there are six common problems businesses face that render them non-compliant?
If you face these problems, they could be the undoing of your whole health and safety programme. They could even land you in more trouble with the DoL than if you didn't do a risk assessment in the first place.
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- [03 February 2015]
- Use these six steps to conduct a legally compliant risk assessment and get it done in just one day
- The OHS Act says you must do a risk assessment, so you can base your health and safety programme on the risks you've identified.
Now, most people think this process takes days, even weeks, to finish. But this isn't true,
Today, I'll show you the six steps you must follow to complete your risk assessment in just one day...
Follow these six steps to conduct a legally compliant risk assess... ››› more
- [03 February 2015]