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Managing Health and Safety Risks in the Workplace

It is the legal responsibility of every employer to ensure that their workplace is safe and free from hazards that could negatively impact the health of employees. After all, every employee deserves a safe workspace in which to execute their duties. A sound health and safety risk management strategy will benefit your business in numerous ways.

Here are only a few of the many advantages that your business is set to benefit from when taking up a health and safety risk assessment of the workplace:

• You will be able to identify and control hazards in the workplace.
• Create an awareness among your employees and use it as a training tool to instil a culture of safety in the workplace.
• Reduce incidents and injury in the workplace.
• Set risk management standards, based on acceptable best practices and legal requirements.
• Save on costs by becoming proactive, rather than reactive.

Raise the Standards of Your Health and Safety Measures Today

Many times, people tend to think that incidents in the workplace occur due to human mistakes or negligence of employees. However, most workplace incidents occur due to insufficient or lacking management controls. By becoming proactive and implementing risk management systems, you can prevent the majority of incidents that occur in the workplace.

Here are a few examples of systems that can be put in place in the workplace, in order to reduce the likelihood of health and safety incidents occurring:

• Workplace procedures;
• Training and inspections;
• Ensuring competent and sufficient supervision; and
• Planned maintenance of structures and equipment, to name a few.

Turn to IOH Solutions for Expert Health and Safety Risk Assessments and Management Solutions

At IOH Solutions, we bring more than a decade of experience and expertise to the occupational health and safety sector in South Africa. Our experience and expertise extends to developing and drafting all the health and safety documentation that your company needs, in relation to the Act. This includes policies, procedures and manuals, and the drafting and development of SHE files.

Should you require it, we can also review your current health and safety documentation, and ensure that it is up to par with all regulatory compliance requirements. Our dedicated teams also provide health and safety documentation management and controls, and can assist with reengineering your current health and safety systems.

Let our team of health and safety experts help you carefully examine what, in your work environment, could cause people harm. In our assessments, we will also determine whether enough precautions and controls are in place, or if more should be done to prevent harm. There is no reason why manageable hazards should cause harm in the modern South African workplace, and we will help you every step of the way to reduce the hazards in your workspace as far as possible.

IOH Solutions is a Department of Labour and South African National Accreditation System accredited Approved Inspection Authority. Speak to our team of professionals today for advice on our health and safety risk assessments and management solutions, and to find out how we can help to actively make your workplace a healthier and safer place for all.