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Make sure you're compiling your manual risk assessment reports... at least until you can get your hands on the Google Glass

by , 24 May 2013
Google Glass is a pair of spectacles that's connected to the internet. While this sounds like fantasy has become reality for many a tech fan, it's also being tested by a workplace health and safety firm in Australia, as it's believed wearing the Google Glass could drastically improve levels of health and safety by preventing incidents - much the same way as you already do by filing risk assessments. Here's what you can look forward to in the future!


While they sit on your nose like regular spectacles, the Google Glass is far from normal.

Wearing them, you actually look into a tiny computer with an Internet connection and a camera to super-impose virtual reality onto what you see.
 
That's why they could prove a boon to health and safety workers, as special augmented reality apps are being developed that will overlay plumbing or electrical circuit plans over a wall, so workers can avoid them, preventing health and safety incidents, says PerthNow
 
Now, the Google Glass is being used to develop special hands-free health and safety apps for workers in high-risk environments like high-rise towers who can't afford to take their hands off the job to capture a photo of faulty equipment.
 
So the Google Glass could be used to create safety reports, too.
 
Until they're more readily available and approved as a way to reduce health and safety incidents, you need to make sure you're conducting regular risk assessments in your workplace.
 
Here's why you need to conduct regular risk assessments – they don't have to take long!
 
That's because many accidents and incidents in the workplace can be avoided if safety checks are properly conducted to make sure the equipment is safe before it's used, says FSPBusiness.
 
And conducting a risk assessment is the best way to do so.
 
In fact, a risk assessment is a legal requirement, so you must do them to identify hazards and assess risks in your company to keep your employees safe to meet your obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, says Kerusha Narothan, Product Manager of the Health and Safety Advisor.
 
By identifying the specific health and safety risks in your workplace, you'll be able to take preventative and precautionary measures to minimise or prevent any health and safety hazards that could harm to your employees.
 
Conducted a risk assessment? Remember to keep proof in your HSE file to prove your compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act to the labour department
 
You can then prove your compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act to the Department of Labour by keeping a copy of your risk assessments in your Health, Safety and Environment or HSE file, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
It's the best way to prove your compliance while also being sure you're minimising the risk of health and safety incidents and accidents in the workplace.

Here's how you can be 100% sure your risk assessments are legally complaint...

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