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Four reasons why you must do a risk assessment today

by , 16 October 2013
Risk assessments are a vital element of your duties as a Health and Safety Officer. Can you imagine the costs your company will incur if someone got hurt in your workplace? Let's explore why you need to do a risk assessment in your business to prevent these from happening to you...

Dear Reader

Risk assessments are a vital element of your duties as a Health and Safety Officer. They're a proactive process that can help you save your business money from COID claims and employees injured on duty. Can you imagine the costs your company will incur if someone got hurt in your workplace and you had no processes in place to deal with it? Yet alone the penalties you'll be liable for.

Let's explore why you need to do a risk assessment in your business to prevent these from happening to you…

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Four benefits of a health and safety risk assessment

Conducting a risk assessment in your business will help you:
  1. Recognise and control hazards and exposures in your workplace to prevent incidents from occurring;
  2. Create awareness among your employees about the dangers around them. Build a culture of safety by training your employees on the hazards you've identified in your risk assessment and the control measures you've put in place;
Read on for your last two benefits…

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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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Two more benefits of a health and safety risk assessment continued…
  1. You'll be able to set risk management standards based on the acceptable safe practices and legal requirements; and
  2. Reduce incidents in your workplace.

Now you know the reasons why you must do a risk assessment for your business, you should meet with your fellow managers and get their input on the risks they face in each of their departments. Remember, you must do a risk assessment to be compliant with the OHS Act!


Stay Safe,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

PS – Have you booked your place at our Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Workshop in Johannesburg on the 29th October 2013? We only have a few seats left. Book your seat now. Click here for more info or email preesha@fsp.co.za


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