Why is a Health and Safety Risk Assessment Important?

Why is a Health and Safety Risk Assessment Important? Overview The purpose of a risk assessment is that it serves as management tool which helps employers ensure that they provide a healthy and safe environment in which employees work, which is a legal obligation that employers have as according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993. Hazards and Risks There is a distinct difference between a hazard and a risk, and it is imperative that the two are not confused. A hazard can be described as something which has the potential to cause harm to the health, safety, or wellbeing of an employee, visitor to the site, or anyone else who may be affected by operations. A risk is the likelihood that an incident, injury, or an accident will occur as result of exposure to a hazard, or a combination of hazards.  Risks are categorised according to the potential harm or the adverse health effect that a hazard may have along with the number of times that employees may be exposed and the number of employees who are exposed.

Posted date: 13th Apr 2021
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Health and Safety Risk Assessment – Part 2

What is a Risk Assessment? A health and safety risk assessment can simply be defined as a process which involves the identification of hazards and risks, the analysing and evaluation thereof, and determining the best way to control or eliminate the risk. A health and safety risk assessment is a crucial part of any effective occupational health and safety management plan. When an effective health and safety risk assessment is conducted, hazards and risks can be uncovered and the people who are most likely to be at risk can be identified and safeguarded.

Posted date: 8th Apr 2021
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Health and Safety Risk Assessment – Part 1

What is a Risk Assessment? A health and safety risk assessment is a term which is used to describe an overall process involving: The identification of hazards as well as risk factors which have the potential to cause harm. The analysing and evaluation of the risk associated with that hazard. Determining the appropriate way to control the risk if the hazard cannot be eliminated. A health and safety risk assessment is a crucial part of any effective occupational health and safety management plan

Posted date: 8th Apr 2021
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Health and Safety Risk Assessment and the Law

Health and Safety Risk Assessment and the Law Overview Where a health and safety risk assessment and the law is concerned, a lot of employers may be asking whether it is a legal obligation and the short and simple answer to this, is yes. At the very least, a risk assessment is a legal requirement in a working environment as it forms a crucial part of the health and safety management system.

Posted date: 8th Apr 2021
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Contractors and or Suppliers Health and Safety Risks

Contractors and/or Suppliers Health and Safety Risks Overview Despite the size of an organisation, at some point, employers may have to use a contractor for a task. There are some employers who make use of contractors on a regular basis, while others use them daily, for various tasks such as maintenance. Despite the frequency with which contractors are used, many employers may be concerned with the best ways to balance two desirable goals: Running continuous safe operations, and Avoid becoming liable for negligence of contractors hired. It is therefore imperative to outline and explore contractor and/or suppliers’ health and safety risks that they may pose on operations. The general rule is that the employer does not owe a duty to ensure that the independent contractor appointed performs their work in a safe manner

Posted date: 24th Mar 2021
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