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Never let a workplace risk worry you again! Simply follow these risk assessment steps

by , 24 July 2014
Do you lie awake at night, worrying if you're protecting your employees properly? Do you have nightmares about them having accidents because you missed something?

When the safety of so many people rests of your shoulders, it's enough to give you sleepless nights.

But this doesn't have to be the case! With a thorough risk assessment you can sleep at night knowing you've protected your employees properly. Here's how to do it...

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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.

A risk assessment can save your employees' lives

Those workplace accidents you have nightmares about can happen easily, but only if you don't deal with the risks that cause them.
To deal with these risks, you must first find them. This is where your risk assessment comes in to your health and safety plan. Just like a game of high stakes hide-and-go-seek, you must now seek out the risks and deal with them. 
This process will be the difference between protecting your employees and endangering them. So do it properly. Follow these five risk assessment steps...

Follow these five risk assessment steps to eliminate risks

Step #1: Plan ahead. Create a strategy and list of the jobs, tools, machines, areas and conditions you must inspect for risks.
Step #2: Give your health and safety representative a copy of this plan and arrange a time with him when you can do the assessment together.
Step #3: Create a risk register that you can use during the assessment. It must have fields for the date, risk type and level, the cause and any other factors that influence it.
Step #4: Observe your employees at work and follow the list you created to ensure you assess all the dangers.
Step #5: Fill in the risk register as you go, with all the information about any risks you identify. This will aid you in discussing and dealing with the risks later.
If you stick to these five steps, risks will never have to keep you up at night because you know your risk management plan has them covered. 
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