You've conducted a risk assessment and implemented health and safety risk controls. Now what?
Many employers think their job is complete once they've finished doing a risk assessment and implemented health and safety risk control measures.
Read on to find out what else you need to do after conducting a risk assessment and implementing health and safety risk controls so you can comply and avoid prosecution and penalties from the DoL.
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Three actions you must take after completing your risk assessment and implementing health and safety risk controls
1. Update your safety procedures to reflect your new health and safety risk control measures
If you don't update your safety procedures, your employees may still work in an unsafe manner and they'll still be in danger. Your new health and safety risk controls won't help if no-one knows about them.
Make sure you update your procedures. And remember the eight objectives they must achieve:
Reduce the number and severity of accidents;
Reduce lost time;
Cut the cost of workers' compensations and liability insurance;
Provide a written record of your safety plan;
Provide a basis for discipline when employees ignore the rules;
Provide a basis for further improvement of safe practice; and
Comply with government and OHS regulations.
If you don't update them, you won't achieve half of these objectives.
2. Train all employees on the new health and safety risk control measures
Updating your health and safety procedures to reflect new health and safety risks controls isn't enough, you need train your employees so they can work safely.
In addition, observe the employees you gave training to see if they're following the new measures. If they're not, train them again. And remind them of the new procedure they must follow.
When you give health and safety training, hse.gov.uk
recommends you follow these tips:
Ask your employees what they think about it to make sure it's relevant and effective;
Make sure the information and training you give is in a form that's easy to understand;
3. Take steps to make sure your new health and safety risk controls remain effective
Keep training records to identify when employee need refresher training.
To discover what you must do to make sure your health and safety risk controls remain effective, check out this article.
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