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Follow these five steps to reduce health and safety risks in your company

by , 12 February 2015
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 reduce health and safety risks in your company.


Don't become that employer who gets DoL penalties or jail time. Do the following to reduce health and safety risks in your company
 

To reduce risks in your business, the Health & Safety Advisor says you need to:
 
1. Identify all the hazards that relate to your employee's work
 
According to hse.gov.uk, a good starting point in identifying hazards is to walk around your workplace and think about any hazards. Think about 'what is it about the activities, processes or substances that could that could injure your employees or harm their health?'
 
The site adds that it's also a good idea to do the following to identify hazards:
 
  • Check manufacturers' instructions or data sheets for chemicals and equipment as they can be very helpful in spelling out hazards and putting them in perspective;
 
  • Look back at your accident and ill-health records as these often help you identify the less obvious hazards; and
 
  • Take into account non-routine operations (e.g. maintenance, cleaning operations or changes in production cycles). They could reveal valuable information about the hazards your employees face.
 
2. Use a clear assessment method to assess the risks that come with each hazard
 
Risk Assessment: The 100% legally compliant risk assessment toolkit will show you exactly how to do this.

Keep reading to discover the other three actions you must take to reduce risks so you can keep your employees safe.

 
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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.

Learn how to do your risk assessments correctly here.
 
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Here are additional actions you must take to reduce health and safety risks in your workplace

 
3. Decide which risks are acceptable and where you don't need further risk control measures
 
4. Determine which risks are significant and unacceptable

You then need to decide on the risk control measures to use to deal with these risks.
 
5. Implement suitable risk control measures to reduce unacceptable risks to acceptable risks
 
When it comes to implementing risk control measures, always remember that our safety laws recognise that it's not always possible to remove all risk from a task or activity. They make it clear that your legal duty is to do what's 'reasonable' to reduce the risks to an acceptable level.
 
To do this, you must consider these three points before implementing your risk control measures:
 
  1. The extent of the risk;
  2. The type of information you currently have about the hazard and risks that relate to it; and
  3. The costs of removing or reducing the risk in relation to the benefits.
 
Read the full article here to get a complete breakdown of these points.
 
Now that you know how to reduce health and safety risks in your company, comply so you can avoid DoL fines or worse, jail time.

PS: For everything else you need to know about how to reduce health and safety risks and conduct risks assessments, check out Risk Assessment: The 100% legally compliant risk assessment toolkit.
 


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