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The easiest way to conduct a risk assessment

by , 27 February 2013
Most of Cape Town was surrounded by evacuation sirens and loud hailers this morning as part of planned tests for the Koeberg Nuclear power station. Now Capetonians know what to expect and will be able to evacuate fast if they hear the warning evacuation siren again. Conduct a risk assessment in your workplace today to make sure you can evacuate your employees speedily in case of an emergency that's out of your control!

World powers believe Iran is attempting to create a nuclear bomb, reports IOL News.
 
This comes just two weeks after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test since 2006, which led to an 'unusual seismic event'.
 
The effects of nuclear explosions could be catastrophic around the world.
 
And while there's little risk of an explosion from Koeberg, there is still a risk of radiation leaks, as News24 reports.
 
That's why it regularly tests its evacuation siren, so that Capetonians are prepared in case they need to evacuate the area to protect their health and safety.
 
Identify any hazards that could affect your employees' health and safety today!
 
One way of ensuring your company identifies any hazards and assesses risks to your employees' health and safety is to do a complete and proper risk assessment of your workplace, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
By identifying the risks, you'll be able to take preventative and precautionary measures to minimise or prevent any health and safety hazards that could harm to your employees. 
 
And conducting a risk assessment will also put you in the all-clear with your Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) obligations.
 
But that doesn't mean risk assessment has to involve lots of time, money or effort.
 
Here's how to incorporate continuous risk assessment into your health and safety officer's daily tasks
 
The best type of risk assessment to identify any new hazards in the workplace that could affect your employees' health and safety is a continuous risk assessment.
 
The Health and Safety Bulletin explains that a continuous risk assessment is an informal risk assessment performed on an ongoing basis.
 
Your health and safety officer or manager will observe employees performing their tasks as part of his daily responsibility.
 
From this observation, the risk related to the specific performance of the task is assessed and the supervisor will be able to stop the employee from continuing the task should it present too high a risk to his health and safety.
 
There you have it – an easy way to incorporate continuous risk assessment into the day to day running of your business!

Turn to chapter R01 of your Health and Safety Advisor to read more about the different risk assessment modules you can use in your business.  

To find out more about the different risk assessment models, go to chapter R01 of your Health and Safety Advisor. If you're not a subscriber yet then, click here and we'll send you the Health and Safety Advisor with a 90-day money back guarantee. 

 


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