Health and Safety Risk Assessment Audit

Health and Safety Risk Assessment Audit Overview Risk assessments are a crucial and vital management tool used to ensure health and safety of employees and others that may visit and enter the premises. Employers are legally responsible for ensuring a healthy and safe workplace and a risk assessment is the best way to ensure compliance. Health and safety risk assessment audits are also a vital part of the process, ensuring that the risk assessment is relevant and that the control measures are still valid. However, before exploring this, it is important to examine the components of the risk assessment from start to finish.

Posted date: 5th May 2021
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Health and Safety Risk Assessment and Mitigation Measure Documents

Health and Safety Risk Assessment and Mitigation Measure Documents Overview Managing health and safety in the organisation is not only good for employees, but also shows positive impacts on the business and the employer. Regardless of the size of the business, it is imperative for employers to effectively manage health and safety. Employers are legally obligated to ensure a working environment that is healthy, safe, and free of harm for employees, visitors, and members of the public who enter the premises, or who may be affected by activities of the organisation. Health and safety risk assessment and mitigation measure documents must therefore form part of the health and safety management programme and plan of the organisation. Risk assessments must be carried out frequently and there must be a safety statement in place.

Posted date: 5th May 2021
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Health and Safety Guidance on a Risk Assessment

Health and Safety Guidance on a Risk Assessment Overview What is a Risk Assessment? A risk assessment is a written document which records the process involved with hazard identification in the workplace under the control of the employer, evaluation of the risks which are associated with the identified hazards, and the implementation of controls to eliminate the hazard or reduce the harm that they can cause. What is a safety statement? A safety statement is a written commitment of the employer to manage health and safety in the organisation and it must include the following: The health and safety policy of the organisation. The result of the risk assessment. The names as well as job titles of the persons responsible for health and safety matters. The duties of employers as well as employees. This must include the cooperation needed from employees regarding health and safety matters. The commitment of the employer towards employee consultation and participation. This will include arrangements needed to appoint health and safety representatives. Arrangements towards welfare. Plans and procedures for handling emergencies. Arrangements to ensure the health and safety of young employees, pregnant employees, and visitors to the workplace. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) policies and the registers for equipment. First aid as well as fire safety procedures including details about the equipment and facilities available. Procedures for accident reporting and investigation. Training records.

Posted date: 5th May 2021
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Health and Safety Detailed Risk Assessment

Health and Safety Detailed Risk Assessment Overview – What is a Health and Safety Detailed Risk Assessment? Risk assessment is a term that is used to describe the process which is involved with: Hazard identification along with the identification of risk factors that typically have the potential to cause harm. Risk analysis and evaluation associated with the specific hazards identified. Hazard elimination or, where it is not possible, the implementation of control measures to minimise, mitigate, control, or reduce the risks of harm. A health and safety detailed risk assessment is a thorough examination of the workplace to identify objects, situations, processes, and other components, which may cause harm to people. Once identification of such is complete, the likelihood and severity of the risks are analysed and evaluated. When determining this, the next step is to decide on the measures that can be implemented to effectively eliminate or control the harm that could occur.

Posted date: 5th May 2021
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Health and Safety Baseline Risk Assessment

Health and Safety Baseline Risk Assessment Overview The purpose involved with conducting a baseline risk assessment or HIRA is to establish an appropriate risk profile or a set of profiles. It is used to prioritise an action programme for the issue-based risk assessments. The health and safety baseline risk assessment is therefore conducted to establish a benchmark of the type as well as the size of potential hazards in the workplace, which may have an impact on the entire organisation. Baseline Risk Assessment Explained A baseline risk assessment evaluates aspects such as noise, ventilation, temperature extremes, illumination, and other factors. It can also include an environmental impact study or an aspect register, with both processes centred at the heart of any ISO 14001 EMS.

Posted date: 4th May 2021
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How Health and Safety Risk Assessments are monitored and reviewed

How Health and Safety Risk Assessments are monitored and reviewed Overview Once a risk assessment has been carried out and a health and safety policy for the organisation has been created, the next step involves how health and safety risk assessments are monitored and reviewed. In ensuring this, employers can ensure that they remain compliant with the Occupational health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 in ensuring that the workplace they provide is healthy, safe, and free of harm to the health, safety, and wellbeing of employees and visitors to the premises. The first step involves conducting a risk assessment in which the hazards are identified, the risks along with their likelihood and severity are evaluated, control measures are implemented where risks cannot be eliminated, the findings are recorded and communicated, and finally, that the risk assessment is reviewed and updated if necessary. This ensures that, if there is something significant that has changed since the last risk assessment, the risk assessment is still valid and if it is not, that additional or new control measures can be implemented to ensure a continuously healthy and safe working environment. Employers may still be uncertain over how and when to monitor and review their risk assessments, and the sections below will provide some insight into this matter.

Posted date: 4th May 2021
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What is the purpose of a Health and Safety Risk Assessment

What is the purpose of a Health and Safety Risk Assessment? Employers across all industries are legally required to protect employees, contractors, customers, and visitors to the premiss from harm. To effectively do so, will require for a risk assessment to be carried out. The purpose of a health and safety risk assessment is to improve the overall health and safety in the work environment, however, to achieve this, the risk assessment process must identify workplace hazards and either eliminate or reduce the risks that they pose. Risk assessments must raise awareness regarding hazards and risks. In addition, they must convey health and safety information to employees. Risk assessment findings must be recorded so that compliance with health and safety legislation can be achieved and demonstrated. Risk Assessments Raise Awareness

Posted date: 3rd May 2021
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How to carry out a Health and Safety Risk Assessment

How to carry out a Health and Safety Risk Assessment A risk assessment is a systematic method which involves the process of looking at work activities and considering what may go wrong and deciding on suitable control measures. These control measures work to eliminate, reduce, or minimise the risk of loss, damages, and injuries in the work environment. The process involved with how a health and safety risk assessment can be carried out is simple and can be done in five basic steps which are explored in the sections below.

Posted date: 3rd May 2021
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What is a Health and Safety Statement, and a Risk Assessment Part 2

What is a Health and Safety Statement, and a Risk Assessment? Part 2 Overview Employers across all industries in South Africa despite the organisation’s size, nature of business, or industry in which it operates, are required to safeguard the health and safety of their employees, visitors, or any other person who may be affected by their work activities. Employers may be asking an imperative question, however, relating to what a health and safety statement, and a risk assessment is, what they relate to, and what they entail. What must a Safety Statement cover? The Safety Statement must: Specify how the health and safety of employees will be both secured and managed.

Posted date: 3rd May 2021
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