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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Health and Safety Practices for a Contractor and or Supplier

Health and Safety Practices for a Contractor and/or Supplier Overview The Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 places responsibility on the employer to ensure that a safe and healthy work environment is provided and maintained, without risk to the health of workers. Health and safety, however, is the responsibility of all employees, not only the employer or the employee alone. There are, however, health and safety practices for a contractor and/or supplier, which demands compliance. Contractors and suppliers must comply with the following:

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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Health and Safety Legal Appointments required by a Contractor

Health and Safety Legal Appointments required by a Contractor Overview In ensuring that a workplace remains healthy and safe, there are certain health and safety legal appointments required by a contractor. Every person in the workplace has a responsibility towards adopting safe working practices, wearing their PPE, complying with policies, standards, and rules, reporting unsafe conditions and acts, and numerous others. There are, however, also certain persons who must be appointed in writing, with their legal responsibilities and duties indicated on their letter of appointment. The following are legal appointments which are made by the client in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993:

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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Does your Health and Safety Induction meet the Standard Requirements for South Africa?

Does your Health and Safety Induction meet the Standard Requirements for South Africa? Overview When considering the responsibilities and duties of the employer, one imperative question that employers must ask themselves is: Does your health and safety induction meet the standard requirements for South Africa? Health and Safety Management Standards

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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What is a Health and Safety Induction

What is a Health and Safety Induction Overview As one of the legal requirements to which employers must conform, it is imperative to understand what a health and safety induction is, why it must be conducted, and how it is done effectively.   This, and other measures all go towards ensuring the highest level of compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety, along with ensuring that employees are healthy and safe, and that they return to their families at the end of every working day. It is not only about a culture of complying, but also a culture of care which instils trust in the organisation as they go beyond what is necessary to ensure that employees are healthy and safe, as employees are any company’s most valuable asset. What is a health and safety Induction? A health and safety induction is conducted to welcome new employees

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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