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Risk Assessments: Four reasons why you must create an Occupational Health Risk Profile

by , 18 November 2013
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to create an Occupational Health Risk Profile for each task and department in your company. But what exactly is an Occupational Health Risk Profile and why do you need to create one? Read on to find out....

As you know, you need to create an Occupational Health Risk Profile in your workplace.

But what is a Health Risk Profile?

The Health Risk Profile is compiled from information gained from a health hazard identification and assessment done on all tasks and departments on site, says Louise Harty, Senior Product Manager behind Risk Assessment: The 100% legally compliant risk assessment toolkit.

This means you'll assess each department on site, look at each activity occurring in the area and the environmental stressors present and take into consideration all related information.

Are there any benefits to creating an Occupational Health Risk Profile?

Yes, a Health Risk Profile will help you achieve the following…

Four benefits of creating an Occupational Health Risk Profile

A thorough and complete Health Risk Profile will:

#1: Allow for the early identification of impacts on the health status of your employees due to task-related exposures in the workplace.

#2: Facilitate prompt, early corrective and preventative action.

#3: Give direction and enhance the Occupational Health Programme on site. If you don't have such a programme, the profile will form the basis for developing one.

#4: Save you time and money because you won't need blanket medical surveillance. You'll achieve this if you streamline your Occupational Health and Safety Programme according to the health risk profile.

The bottom line: 'An Occupational Health Risk Profile ensures a risk based; quality occupational health service through risk management and minimum impact on the health status of your employees. It also contributes positively to the bottom line of your company,' says Harty.

Essentially, creating an Occupational Health Risk Profile means you'll comply with legislation and identify health hazards before they happen.
 

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