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Use these two tips to make your risk assessments more effective

by , 24 July 2014
You know your health and safety plan pivots around the risks your employees face at work. These are the things that cause workplace accidents and, therefore the things you must protect your employees from.

That's why you must do a risk assessment every six months to ensure you're protecting your employees from damage.

But how do you know if those risk assessments are truly effective? Well, if you use these two tips, you can be sure they are...

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Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
Don't wait until it's too late.

Never rush your risk assessment!

When it comes to identifying risks on site, the worst thing you can do is rush the process. Risk assessments take time because you have to analyse everything. 
If you're trying to get everything done as fast as possible, you're going to overlook something.
This is why you must take your time and be properly organised to help you speed up the process. Otherwise, your risk assessment will be anything other than effective!
But even if you do your risk assessment carefully and slowly, how can you be sure it's effective? If you use these two tips, it will be...

Two tips that'll ensure your risk assessment is effective

Tip #1: Plan, plan, plan!
The best way to ensure your risk assessment is effective it to plan first. You need to create an organised process to work through. This should include what parts of your workplace you must assess, how much time to spend there and what hazards and risks you must look for.
This plan will ensure you don't miss anything during your risk assessment that'll create gaps in your risk management plan later.
Tip #2: Make your health and safety representative your go-to-guy for help with risk assessments
Your health and safety rep is a vital part of your workplace health and safety. He's also your best asset when it comes to risk assessments because he offers another set of eyes and hands and well as a different perspective. 
His input will ensure your risk assessment is effective and not just one sided.
With these two tips your risk assessment will truly be effective and you can rest assured that you're protecting your employees.
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