Risk Assessment and the OHS Amendment Bill 2020

A Risk Assessment plays a crucial part in any organisation, therefor everyone plays an important part and has their subsequent duties towards their own Health and Safety, that of those around them, and the Health and Safety of the organisation overall. In the following sections, the duties of an organisation will be explored in-depth. To learn more on the changes brought on by the OHS Amendment Bill 2020, download your FREE eBook here.

Posted date: 4th Jul 2021
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What is Hazard Identification in HSE

What is Hazard Identification in HSE Overview What is Hazard Identification in HSE? Loosely translates to Risk Assessment in Health and Safety. Risk assessments in health and safety form part of the risk management process which are included in the overall Health and Safety Management Plan and Programme of organisations, in addition to forming part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s requirements, to which employers must be compliant. A risk assessment involves the process of identifying the current and existing hazards that may appear in the workplace and it defines those that are likely cause harm to employees, contractors, visitors, and any other person that may be affected by the activities of the organisation. What does hazard identification entail?

Posted date: 16th May 2021
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How often should a Health and Safety Risk Assessment be reviewed?

How often should a Health and Safety Risk Assessment be reviewed? Overview Business owners, employers, managers, or supervisors must know the importance associated with keeping things up to date so that they run smoothly, and health and safety is not an exception to this. To make sure that employees stay safe, and that the employer remains compliant, risk assessments must be carried out and reviewed as part of regular work practice. Apart from these assessments being done, employers may have some concerns regarding how often a health and safety (HSE) risk assessment must be reviewed. They are not something that can be done once, and never again, however, there is no official guideline set as to when and how often a risk assessment must be done, and how often they must be reviewed. This article will provide employers with some guidance on the matter so that they can ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993. Why should the risk assessment be reviewed? It is good practice to ensure that everything is running smoothly, and a risk assessment must be a routine part of working practice. It is crucial to remember that risk assessments must be carried out on certain occasions and specific situations.

Posted date: 16th May 2021
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What is a Risk Assessment in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

What is a Risk Assessment in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Overview The core principles associated with a risk assessment process in addition with the legal requirements of why organisations go through this important task, is common territory to seasoned health and safety professionals and larger organisations. However, there are numerous smaller organisations that may not fully grans that they have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all employees and visitors, and that they must drive compliance relating to health and safety within the operations of the organisation. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 requires that each employer provide a workplace which is safe and without risk to the health of employees, with further guidance offered on how employers can achieve this. Risk assessment in Occupational Health and Safety involves the fundamentals which are ingrained in the Act to assist employers in achieving their duties towards the health and safety of employees, and any other persons who may be affected by the organisation’s activities.

Posted date: 12th May 2021
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OHS Risk Assessment

As per the Amended Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 29, an inspector may, without any prior notice, enter any premises occupied and used by an employer to perform work. In addition, the inspector may also request documentation relating to the health and the safety of an organisation, including the OHS Risk Assessment plan.

Posted date: 12th May 2021
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Health and Safety Risk Assessment Steps

Health and Safety Risk Assessment Steps Overview Employers have an obligation to ensure and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for employees and visitors to the premises. This is to ensure that employees are safeguarded and to ensure that employers are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993. There may be a misconception that health and safety risk assessments are complex, time-consuming, or tedious, however, there are five simple health and safety risk assessment steps that can be followed to ensure that an effective risk assessment is done.

Posted date: 12th May 2021
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Perform a Health and Safety Risk Assessment in your workplace

Perform a Health and Safety Risk Assessment in your workplace. Overview Employers have a legal obligation to provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment. However, even if this will look different for each organisation, it will no doubt include workplace health and safety (WHS) risk assessments. There must be a systematic and organised approach in place to manage the risks and this is the only way through which a healthy and safe workplace can be created. The way in which a health and safety risk assessment is carried out will influence the controls that are put in place as well as the overall level of health and safety in the workplace.

Posted date: 12th May 2021
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