If you don't conduct risk assessments, you're setting your company up for a tough time with the Department of Labour (DoL) for not complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). But these don't have to be a big, time-consuming task. In fact, you could even meet your responsibility of protecting the environment to make sure your company's not wasting water by conducting a mini-risk assessment today! Here's how...
Based in Gauteng?
Your company probably wastes water.
Because R7.8 billion worth of water was lost in the 2011/12 financial year alone, says IOL News
A report by the Water Research Commission shows that a third of all water is lost through leaks.
That's why it's crucial for your business to make sure it's doing all it can to preserve and not pollute the country's water supply, because Gauteng is already using 98% of its allocated water.
As if that's not enough, you're actually legally obliged to assess and evaluate the impact your business has on the environment – like affecting the water supply – under the National Environmental Management Act
, says FSP Business
This implies that an environmental aspect and impact risk assessment needs to be done, says Kerusha Narothan, Product Manager of the Health and Safety Advisor
If they're not already doing so, get your health and safety representatives to perform a mini-risk assessment through a workplace inspection of your bathrooms and kitchen!
One way to do so is to allocate adequate and dedicated time when your health and safety representative needs to do a workplace inspection or mini-risk assessment, says The Health and Safety Bulletin
It shouldn't take more than three minutes to check areas like bathrooms and kitchens for burst pipes or leaking taps that lead to water wastage and post a health and safety risk to your employees.
Performing a mini-risk assessment today can save your business from health and safety incidents down the line…
For example, a dripping tap can lead to water waste of 30 litres a day, says IOL News
But that's not all.
People are often distracted when they walk into the bathroom or kitchen area, so it would be easy for your employees to slip in the puddle of water that collects under a dripping tap and injure themselves.
To make sure your health and safety reps aren't missing this often ignored health and safety risk, make sure a manager regularly accompanies the health and safety representatives on two or more of their inspections to show support and highlight neglected areas or areas of oversight like this, adds The Health and Safety Bulletin
Then, to prevent any future water wastage, remember to make the results of these risk assessment inspections common knowledge throughout the company to highlight where employees can take action themselves and not just leave it to the health and safety representative.
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