1. Identify the hazards
This is the foundation to any risk assessment. Walk around your office and identify all potential risks. Engage with your employees and let them assist you with identifying any factors that may cause injury or damage.
Such hazards could include alcohol and drug abuse, areas that can cause someone to slip or trip, electrical faults, working with potentially harmful equipment such as paper shredders etc.
2. Look at EVERYONE who can get hurt
You need to look beyond just your employees. You must take into consideration all those who may be in or around your office. Such people can include trainees, visitors, members, neighbours, members of the general public, cleaning staff etc.
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3. Evaluate each risk
This can be done by looking into variables such as the probability and frequency of such a risk manifesting itself into an incident as well as the possible severity of such an incident if it does occur.
4. Evaluate your findings.
Look into your findings and determine which risk controls you are going to introduce, eliminate and/or replace.
It is always a good idea to review your risks in the office on a regular basis. This way you will ensure that any new risks that crop are identified and dealt with and that more effective controls are implemented.
So there you have it! Five simple tips on carrying out a risk assessment in your office in order to Keep your reputation and productivity high whilst keeping incidents on a low.
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