The Purpose of Occupational Health Risk Assessments
Employers in every workplace have a general duty of care to their employers to ensure their safety and health, with regards to every aspect of their work. The purpose of carrying out an occupational health risk assessment is to enable employers to take the required measures to secure the health and safety of their workers.
These measures are important to secure the safety of the workforce. Removing risks from the workplace and creating a safe work environment requires a partnership between management and employees. The measures that employers take with an occupational health risk assessment include:
- Prevention of occupational risks facing the workforce;
- Providing information and training to workers; and
- Providing the organisation with the means to implement all required safety measures.
Remove as Many Health Risks as Possible
Even though the goal of an occupational health risk assessment is to remove all occupational and health risks from the workplace, this isn’t always achievable in practice, as there will always be risks facing workers. However, utilising these assessments can help you to minimise the dangers that your employees face and keep them as safe as possible.
Although the complete elimination of risks isn’t possible, the risks should be reduced as much as possible, and whatever other residual risk is left over should be adequately controlled. Occupational health risk assessments are structured to help employers identify the hazards created in the workplace, and also to evaluate the risks that are associated with these hazards. Measures are identified to protect the safety and health of employees, while also having due regard for all relevant legislative occupational health requirements in South Africa.
Risks are also evaluated in order to influence the selection of chemical substances and work equipment to be used in the workplace. It also assesses the safety and health measures in place and judges its adequacy. Protect the health of your employees and give them the safest workplace to conduct their duties to the best of their abilities.
IOH Solutions Ensures Compliance with Occupational Health Legislation in South Africa
At IOH Solutions, we understand the legislative requirements of providing workers with a safe and hazard-free workplace. We provide occupational health risk assessments that not only help employees to create safe workplaces for their employees, but also ensure that our clients conform to the requirements of the following legislation:
- OHS Act No. 85 of 1993 – Section 8;
- Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulation of 1995 – Section 5; and
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss Regulation of 2003 – Section 6, to name a few.
We are proud of our celebrated history of helping South African businesses keep their employees safe and create hazard-free workplaces throughout the country. Occupational health risk assessments should be performed every twenty-four months to make allowances for changes in legislation and other aspects that could affect the hazardousness of your workplace. Contact us at IOH Solutions to set up a risk assessment and start working on bringing your company in line with South Africa’s occupational health legislation, starting today.