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There are eight laws that require you to do a risk assessment! Comply with them or face criminal charges

by , 08 January 2015
The OHS Act says you have to do a risk assessment to determine the risks in your workplace. This is a legal obligation that affects your company's entire health and safety programme. After all, if you don't know what the risks are, you won't know what safety measures to put in place.

But what you might not know is there are seven other laws that also require a risk assessment.

If don't do a risk assessment in your company, you're breaking eight laws. The result? You could face a serious criminal change.

Don't let that happen to you.

Do a risk assessment today to comply with these eight laws...


You have to do a risk assessment to comply with these eight laws

Law #1: The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA Act 85 of 1993)
The core of the Act is to find the hazards and risks related to tasks your employees do at work. The Act requires you to manage risks to prevent injury at work.
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Law #2: The Hazardous Chemical Substance Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)
You must assess your workplace to identify potential exposure to chemical substances. These regulations detail the requirements you must look out for during your risk assessment. You can find out what these are in the Risk Assessment Toolkit.
Law #3: The Major Hazard Installation Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)
You must do a risk assessment to determine the nature of any major hazards.
Law #4: The National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998, Section 28)
You must assess and evaluate the impact your business has on the environment. This implies that you need to do an environmental aspect and impact assessment.
Law #5: The Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996)
You must identify the relevant risks employees and non-employees who visit your site face. It's your job to create a safe working environment as far as reasonably possible. 
Law #6: Environmental legislation
You must do a risk assessment to make sure you comply with environmental legislation like the Environment Conservation Act, Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act, National Water Act, and requirements for the purification of wastewater or effluent.
You must identify risks posed to employees in the workplace.
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Law #8: The King II Report
This clearly indicates your responsibility to identify business risks and put management actions in place.
Make sure your risk assessment covers all the aspects of:
- Mechanical risks;
- Chemical risks;
- Environmental risks;
- General workplace risks; and
- Major hazards.
Only if you're able to identify risks in all these areas, will you be able to fully comply with these eight laws. 
To find out how to do a fully legally compliant risk assessment, check out the Risk Assessment Toolkit. It contains everything you need to know to do your risk assessment effectively.

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