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Ten questions you must answer to effectively monitor the health and safety risk control measures you implemented after your risk assessment

by , 05 March 2015
After you identify risks by doing a risk assessment, you must put health and safety risk control measures to eliminate them.

But it doesn't end there.

You have to monitor your risk control measures to make sure they're working. And see if your employees are actually following them.

Doing this will help you improve your risk management strategy so you comply with safety laws and avoid DoL penalties.

To effectively monitor your risk control measures, here are ten questions you must answer...


It's crucial you monitor health and safety risk control measures following your risk assessment

 
'Implementing risk control measures without monitoring their efficiency and effectiveness is a recipe for disaster,' warns the Health & Safety Advisor.
 
You have to monitor your health and safety risk control measures to make sure they work.
 
To do this, you can, for example:
 
  • Observe how your employees do their work;
 
  • Monitor and trend any incidents that may arise from your new risk controls;
 
  • Look at incident investigation reports;
 
  • Ask for feedback from your employees;
 
  • Consult with health and safety reps; and
 
  • 'Analyse operational data such as production outputs, maintenance logs and running costs to identify any flow-on effects that the control measures may be having on productivity or profitability,' says nationalvetcontent.edu.au.
 
To effectively monitor your risk control measures, you must ask yourself certain questions.

 
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Answering these ten questions honestly will help you effectively monitor your risk control measure

 
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety outlines the questions you must answer:
  1. Did the health and safety risk controls solve the problem?
 
  1. Is the risk by the original hazard under control?
 
  1. Are there any new hazards?
 
  1. Am I controlling the new hazards properly?
 
  1. Are monitoring processes adequate?
 
  1. If you find there are new hazards: Are employees aware of these?
 
  1. Did I modify safety training programmes so they reflect how to deal with the new hazard?
 
  1. Do I need to implement any other safety measures?
 
  1. Did I document the effectiveness of health and safety risk controls in my health and safety committee minutes?
 
  1. What else can I do to deal with health and safety risks?

'Monitoring the effectiveness of control measures is an on-going process because things can change over time. Employees come and go, machines malfunction, industry standards change, work processes vary,' says nationalvetcontent.edu.au.
 
All these factors can have an impact of the effectiveness of the health and safety controls you've put in place. So constantly monitor them.
 
And be sure to answer these ten questions because they will help you effectively monitor the risk control measures you implemented after your risk assessment. In the end, you'll be able to improve your risk management strategy, comply with safety laws and avoid DoL penalties.
 
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