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Now that you've implemented risk control measures, do the following to make sure they remain effective

by , 10 February 2015
Doing a risk assessment, analysing the risks and putting control measures in place to reduce hazards doesn't mean your job is complete.

You also need to make sure these controls remain effective. In other words, you must monitor them. If you don't, you're breaking provisions of the OHS Act. And your employees may still be in danger.

And you know what that means: Accident rates will increase and productivity will suffer as a result, the DoL could slap you with penalties, shut your business down or even send you to jail.

Don't take chances.

Here's what you must do to make sure the risk control measures you implement after your risk assessment remain effective.


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Here's how to make sure your risk control measures remain effective

 
1. Observe how your employees do their work
 
The Health & Safety Advisor always stresses the importance of training your employees after implementing new risk controls and updating your procedures to reflect the new risk control measures.

It adds that to make sure your risk control measures remain effective, observe the employees you gave training to see if they're following the new requirements.
 
If you they're not compliant, train them again. And remind them of the new procedure they must follow.
 
2. Monitor and trend any incidents that may arise from your new risk controls
 
But, if you select your risk controls wisely from the start, there shouldn't be any accidents. That's why it's crucial to always do a hazard identification and risk assessment before you implement new controls.
 
3. Hold your employees accountable
 
Check in with the managers or supervisors in charge of implementing risk controls.
Talk to them regularly to see if they're following the plan and the timelines you agreed on.
 
Remember, if you want people to take responsibility, you need to make them accountable. This way, your risk management efforts won't fail.
 
4. Regularly review your procedures and talk to your employees
 
'Control measures are more effective where there is regular review of work procedures and consultation with your workers and their representatives,' says safework.sa.gov.au.
 
Doing this will help you assess the effectiveness of your controls. And if, for example, you find there's an increase in accidents following your new risk controls, you can quickly find ways to remedy the situation.
 
That's not all you need to know about risk control measures.
 

In addition to making sure your risks controls remain effective, you need to prepare for when they fail

 
In this article, we explain that when it comes to risk management, you need to consider what kind of emergencies could arise if your risk controls fail. And you need to come up with a suitable emergency response.
 
Read the rest of the article to find out the five steps you must take to prepare for emergencies even if your risk control measures fail.
 
Now that you have the know-how, make sure the risk control measures you implement after your risk assessment remain effective. This way, you comply with the OHS Act and can avoid penalties.
 
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