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Turn yourself into a risk spotting machine in four easy steps

by , 24 July 2014
You need to protect your employees from the risks they face at work. And you know that to do this, you must first identify all the risk, then find a way to remove or limit them.

You also know that if you miss any risks, your health and safety plan may fail! Those risks can cause serious accidents.

This may feel like a weight on your shoulders. But, if you just follow these four easy steps, you'll be a risk spotting machine and can rest assured that you've protected your employees from all the dangers they face...

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Leaving gaps in your risk assessment is a risk on its own

Your risk assessment is supposed to identify all of the areas where you need to fix or improve the health and safety in your workplace. Now you may assume that fixing the big and obvious risks is enough. Well, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that assumption is wrong. 
Even small risks can turn into big workplace accidents if you don't spot and deal with them quickly.
This is why you must ensure you spot every risk. Follow these four steps to do just that...

Follow these four steps to ensure you spot all the risks in your workplace

Step #1: Prepare for the risk assessment. Draw up a map of your work place and the jobs your employees do in each part of it. Then create a list of the hazards and risks each job creates. Also create a list of factors that can affect your risk levels. For example, the age of the machinery or how close they are to each other.
Step #2: Set aside enough time to do the risk assessment thoroughly. Also include time for unexpected problems and risk analysis. 
Step #3: Create a risk register for yourself and your health and safety representative. This must include the date of the assessment, the area, risk, the severity of the risk, which employees deal with the risk and any factors that affect it.
Step #4: Carefully work through your risk assessment plan and fill out your risk register as you go.
If you follow these steps, you won't leave a single risk unfound. 
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