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Four health and safety aspects to include in every risk assessment!

by , 08 April 2013
Risk assessments are becoming more commonplace as companies realise the importance of complying with their Occupational Health and Safety Act responsibilities. Do you know what to include when you conduct a risk assessment in your workplace in order to prove your OHSA compliance?

There're countless hazards in your workplace that could impact your processes, employees and products of your business. 
 
That's why it's crucial to conduct risk assessments.
 
They're a legal requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), so not conducting them leaves you open to a R100 000 fine or two years in jail or even both, says FSP Business
 
That's why Kroll Advisory Solutions in the US has launched a new risk assessment self-assessment tool to help employees determine their health and safety weak points and improve compliance, says Executive Biz
 
But risk assessments aren't just the responsibility of one employee.
 
Risk assessments should be done by a team, made up of department managers or supervisors, health and safety representatives, fire fighters or first aiders, and the employees working in the area that's being assessed, says The Health and Safety Training Manual.
 
Here's what you'll need to cover in your risk assessment
 
Your risk assessment should cover all issues that would affect the health and safety of your employees or visitors to your workplace, as well as the working environment and the natural environment.
 
This includes the effect of pollution of water, wasteful electricity usage and ineffective waste management. 
 
You'll also need to make sure your risk assessment covers any emergencies like natural events that would result in loss or damage to property, production, machinery and equipment, adds The Health and Safety Training Manual.
 
Four health and safety aspects to include in each and every risk assessment…
 
To simplify the process, all you need to do is make sure your risk assessment covers the following four aspects, according to the HSE.gov.uk website:
 
  1. What are the hazards associated with this role?
  2. Who could be harmed and how?
  3. What are you already doing to minimise the health and safety risk?
  4. What further action is necessary – by whom and when?
 
Prove your OHSA compliance by storing all risk assessments in your HSE file!
 
Then, to prove your compliance with the OHSA, you'll need to keep your risk assessments in your HSE file, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
It's the easiest way to comply with the OHSA!

To find out more about the different risk assessment models, go to chapter R01 of your Health and Safety Advisor. If you're not a subscriber yet then, click here and we'll send you the Health and Safety with a 90-day money back guarantee. 
 


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