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Don't let your employees be one of the 625 work related deaths per hour!

by , 27 August 2013
I'm shocked to tell you that ILO estimates, two million men and women die each year. That's 625 work related deaths per hour in a workday. Don't let your employees be a statistic...

Dear Reader

I'm shocked to tell you that according to International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates, two million men and women die from work-related diseases and accidents each year. That's 5 000 workers per day, 625 deaths per hour in a workday. Don't let your employees be a statistic. Let me tell you more on how to avoid it!

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Don't let your employees be one of the 625 work related deaths per hour!

Accidents and injuries are sometimes beyond our control. But there are certain things that you can do as a Health and Safety Officer to make sure your employees don't become one of these shocking statistics. Use our five simple steps to identify potential death traps.

Five steps to identify hazards and assess your risks.

Step #1: Gather information about what your employees are doing in your workplace every day. Look at your training records, do a hygiene survey, check your emergency procedures etc. You need to know what dangerous substances your employees are working with and how they can harm them.

Step #2: Analyse your employees' tasks and identify hazards. Watch your employees while they work. Ask your employees what they think potential hazards for them are? You can use our handy Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Process form on R03/009 in the Health and Safety Advisor.

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Five steps continued…

Step #3: Identify Risks. Take all the hazards you identified in Step 2. Now write down all the risks associated with each. For example, if your employee works with chemicals, the risk could be that it may cause a fire. Or hurt your employee. Or pollute the environment.

Step #4: Quantify the risk. Try categorising your risks. Are they high or low risk? What is the likely hood that they would ever happen? Will it be an emergency that can affect your entire company? Rate your risks, prioritise them and determine the extent of the precautionary measures.

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Step#5: Implement precautionary measures. There are three types of precautionary measures you can use. These are: Personal protective Equipment; Safe practise measures, and Engineering control measures.

These steps are the starting point to your Risk Assessments. Remember that it's your job to keep your employees safe and ensure they're working in a safe environment. I hope that none of your employees become one of the 5 000 deaths per day!


Stay Safe,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health & Safety

PS – If you're serious about reducing the risks in your workplace, you need to train your employees on how to do it too. Get our Risk Assessment Toolkit and you will get an easy-to-use training module to train your staff.


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