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These three basic steps MUST make up part of your risk management plan

by , 23 April 2014
Your risk management plan must be fool proof to protect your employees from accidents and you from penalties. It's a mistake that construction companies often make by forgetting an important part of the plan. To make sure you're not making that same mistake, follow these three basic steps...

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The three basic steps for putting together a risk management plan
Every risk management plan has to identify safety issues and deal with them. This is why the three basic steps of a risk management plan are: 
1. Identify it, 
2. Record it and 
3. Deal with it.
Here more about what they mean.
Three risk management strategies you must include in your plan…
The first step, 'Identify it', involves doing a risk assessment. This is how you can spot possible risks before they actually happen. The Health and Safety Advisor says you must do a workplace observation where you watch employees at work. This is part of seeing who does what construction jobs that could lead to an accident.
'Record it' is simply the process of documenting the possible risk, where it may happen and who may be involved. This should be as detailed as possible as it'll help you with the next step in the process.
To 'Deal with it', you have to find a way to resolve the risk. This may include providing appropriate PPE or giving employees proper training. This must also all be documented too as part of your risk assessment plan.
Now you may follow these steps, but how can you make sure you've spotted all the risks?
Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?
If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 
It all starts with a proper risk assessment
As we've explained here, a good risk assessment is key in spotting possible problems and should look at:
1. Employee training and experience
2. Hazards involved in certain jobs (chemicals, open flame, heavy objects)
3. Risks that can come from the hazards (fire causing personal burns or starting a fire on site)
If you do a thorough risk assessment and follow it with the other two steps, you WILLhave a fool proof risk management plan.

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