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Did you know: You need to record and re-evaluate your risks to protect your employees from them?

by , 12 June 2014
The process of managing the risks in your workplace comes down to two things: You need to look for the risks and you need to put precautionary measures in place.
Simple right?

Not so fast. It may seem simple, but that's not where your job stops. Proper risk management is an ongoing process.

Keep reading to find out exactly what you need to do to manage an ongoing risk management process.

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Remember, ongoing risks require ongoing assessment

Risks aren't static and they have an annoying tendency to change and evolve. Yesterday, we spoke about the fact that you need to do regular risk assessments because of this.
Every time something changes in your work environment, you need to do another risk assessment. We also advise you do one every six months, even if there haven't been any obvious changes.
This way, as things change you can catch the problems they may cause.
But simply spotting these possible workplace hazards isn't enough. So what should you do?

Record and re-evaluate your risks with every risk assessment

When you do a risk assessment, you have to do two things:
  1. Record the risk: According to the Health and Safety Advisor, you must record every detail of the risks you can identify. This way when you do your next assessment, you can see if that risk has changed, disappeared or gotten worse.
  2. Re-evaluate: When you do a new risk assessment you must re-evaluate how serious the risk is. You must also re-evaluate if the precautionary measures you put in place are still working.
You can then make changes or adjustments to your risk management plan to ensure your employees stay safe.
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Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. And, you've answered 'YES' to at least half of the questions above.

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