Ensure Compliance with Comprehensive Health and Safety Risk Assessments
The requirement of South African businesses carrying out comprehensive health and safety risk assessments in the workplace has formed a fundamental part of the country’s health and safety legislation for many years. Every successful company realises that their greatest assets are not their equipment, premises or fleets. It is the workforce. In order to create a positive and safe workplace where employees can thrive, health and safety risk assessments should be performed regularly, at least once every 24 months.
However, the importance of these assessments also goes beyond this aspect. They also help companies to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and health and safety laws as required by the South African government. It can be tough trying to keep up to date with all the changes and updates in health and safety legislation, if it is not your company’s specialisation. This is where companies like IOH Solutions come in, where we provide our clients with the expert risk assessments required to remove as many hazards from the workplace as possible.
What is a Health and Safety Risk Assessment?
A health and safety risk assessment is a careful inspection of possible hazards in the workplace that could cause harm to employees or the public. This assessment is performed so that the associated risks can be weighed up to reach a risk rating. It makes it clear whether the company has enough controls and precautions in place, or whether more should be done to reduce the possibility of harm.
Accidents and ill health have the potential to ruin lives. It can destroy your employees’ ability to work and care for their families. What’s more, it can also adversely affect your business’s production and efficiency. Machinery can be damaged, production is lost and insurance premiums increase, and your business might even be dragged to court with expensive litigation if you do not have sufficient controls in place. The risks simply do not justify apathy in this regard.
It is a legal requirement of every employer to assess the risks in the workplace, so that plans can be put in place to control risks. Keep in mind, however, that health and safety risk assessments should be reviewed every two years. This is due to the fact that workplace requirements change as your business evolves, and new employees also start that may not have sufficient training in identifying and dealing with potential hazards and risks in the workplace, among other reasons.
Adhere to Health and Safety Legislation in South Africa
South Africa has numerous specific laws governing the health and safety of employees in the workplace. Some of these laws refer to the OHS Act No. 85 of 1993 – Sections 8, and the Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulation of 1995 – Section 5, to name a few.
At IOH Solutions, we go out of our way to provide you with the expert solutions that you need to keep your employees safe in the workplace. Speak to us today for more information on our health and safety risk assessments, and how we can help you neutralise as many hazards from your workspace as possible.