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Don't get caught not doing risk assessments! Make sure you comply with these four laws

by , 18 December 2013
You MUST identify hazards and assess risks in your company. This is a legal requirement. Read on to find out the four laws you must comply with.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) says you and your employee are responsible for health and safety aspects on site.

'The core of the Act is the identification of hazards and risks related to tasks performed in the workplace. The Act requires risk management action to be taken to prevent injury and loss of health status due to exposures in the workplace,' explains Louise Harty of Risk Assessment: The 100% legally compliant risk assessment toolkit.

This is just one of the laws you must comply with when it comes to risk assessments.

Here are the other four laws…

Risk assessments: Four laws you must comply with

Law #1: The Hazardous Chemical Substance Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)

You must assess the workplace to identify potential exposure to chemical substances. The regulation has detailed requirements in terms of exposure levels, medical surveillance and education of employees exposed to chemical substances in the workplace.

Law #2: The Major Hazard Installation Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)

You must do a risk assessment to identify the probable frequency, magnitude and nature of any major incident that could occur at a major hazard installation.

Law #3: The King II Report

This clearly indicates the responsibility of management to identify business risk and put management actions in place. It makes the board responsible for total process management and for forming its own opinion on the effectiveness of the process.

Management is accountable to the board for designing, implementing and monitoring the process of risk management and integrating it into the day-to-day activities of the company.

As part of the responsibilities, internal audits need to be done. These audits must provide assurance that the management processes are adequate to identify and monitor significant risks.

You can use the King II Report as a guideline, but it's enforced for listed companies.

Law #4: Environmental legislation

You must do risk or impact assessments to ensure compliance with environmental legislation like the Environment Conservation Act, Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act, National Water Act, and requirements for the purification of wastewater or effluent.

Doing risk assessments is a legal requirement. Make sure you comply with these four laws to avoid harsh penalties.

If you would like to learn more about Risk Assessments and how to do yours 100% correctly, join us at our Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Workshop on the 26 March 2014. Click here for more details and your booking form.

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