While you develop and implement risk control measures to reduce the risk of these controls failing, people aren't perfect and systems are open to human error, equipment failures and even natural events outside of your control.
So what do you do when your controls fail?
The reality is that there will always be events outside of your control. 'The key is to consider the type of emergencies that would happen if your risk controls fail,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.
Remember, you have a responsibility to provide and maintain (as far as reasonably practicable) a safe working environment for your employees. This includes being prepared for emergencies and having an action plan your company's should health and safety measures fail.