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Do you know your legal requirements when it comes to risk assessment?

by , 24 July 2014
You know you need to protect your employees but do you know how? The OHS Act outlines all of your duties as an employer.

All the Act boils down to is you need find ways to protect your employees from the risks they face while at work.

This is why you need to do a risk assessment. But, the question is, do you know what your legal requirements are when it comes to this?

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Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
 
Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
 
Don't wait until it's too late.
 
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Here are your legal requirements when it comes to risk assessments

 
The truth is, there are no specific OHS regulations around risk assessments. The OHS Act just says you must do them to ensure you deal with all the risks your employees face. 
 
It doesn't tell you how and when you have to do this assessment though.
 
This you have to determine on your own.
 
So if you want to comply with your legal requirements, here's what you must do...
 

Here's what you must do to comply with your legal risk assessments requirements

 
You must do a risk assessment with your health and safety representative. During this assessment, you must observe your employees at work. 
 
Look for all the risks, identify them and record them in your risk register. You must determine the type of risk, its cause and its severity.
 
You must then take these findings to your health and safety committee meeting. Here, you must discuss them with the committee and agree on how to deal with these risks. This becomes the basis for your risk management plan.
 
You must repeat this process every six months to ensure there are no new risks and that you've dealt with the old risks effectively.
 
If you do this, you'll fulfil your legal requirements when it comes to risk assessments.
 
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