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Here's how to deal with a life-threatening workplace risk

by , 19 August 2014
The only way to deal with risks is to find them before they cause accidents and put a stop to them.

Just putting safety precautions and hoping they'll work isn't effective. This is a waste of money.

To ensure they do work, you have to ensure they're specific and focused on the risks in your workplace. This is the only way to ensure they deal with the actual problem instead of just preventing its symptoms.

Here's the right way to deal with life-threatening workplace risks...


How to deal with life-threatening risks

To deal with ANY workplace risks, you must do a risk assessment. This enables you to identify the risks in your workplace.
This must be the first step in your risk management plan as it's the only way to make your safety precautions risk specific. 
Then you must document all the risks you identify so you can deal with them effectively in the next phase of your risk management.
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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.

Here's the next step you must take for effective risk management

The next step of this process is to take your risk assessment findings to your health and safety committee and discuss them.
You must look at what kind of risk it is and its risk level.
For example, when you identify a falling risk (that's the risk type), determine how serious is it (that's its risk level). Risks with a low risk level will cause little to no damage or injury, while risks with a high level are life threatening.
Once you've done this, agree on how to deal with these risks. Discuss the appropriate measures for a serious fall risk, for example. This life-threatening risk may need several safety precautions instead of just one.
So follow this process to ensure you put appropriate safety precautions in place to prevent any serious accidents. 

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Risk Assessment Guide. It has everything you need to ensure your risk assessments are 100% legally compliant

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