Why Your Occupational Hygiene Strategy Should Include Frequent Health Risk Assessments
As part of a wide ranging and comprehensive occupational hygiene strategy, health risk assessments should take precedence, and for good reason. Although many business owners and factory managers are aware of the legal requirements of performing health risk assessments, few actually know why it’s important, beyond securing compliance. Let’s take a closer look at why it is necessary to have occupational health and safety risk assessments performed at least once every 24 months.
Identify and Manage Hazards in Your Workplace
This is perhaps one of the most obvious advantages of having a frequent health risk assessment completed at your workplace. All employees deserve to work in an area that is safe and secure. While it may not be possible to entirely remove every obstacle and health hazard from the workplace, it should be controlled as much as possible.
One way to do this is to have seasoned experts complete assessments, so they can identify and control any hazards in the workplace. By doing so, you are aware of the risks and hazards facing your employees, and can come up with solutions to minimise the chances of injury taking place.
Create Awareness Among Employees, and Perform Training
Becoming aware of the obstacles and hazards in the workplace is the first step to providing your employees with the tools and insights needed to be safer while on the job. Use this as a way to create awareness amongst employees about possible hazards, and use it as a training tool to help them mitigate the risks as far as possible.
Set Risk Management Standards Aligned with Acceptable Safe Practices
Your occupational hygiene company will come up with solutions to the hazards that are present in your workplace. They will help you address these problems, using acceptable best practices, and help you to maintain a safer work area.
Save Costs by Being Proactive
By being proactive about addressing any health hazards in your work area, you also benefit by keeping your employees healthier, thereby reducing the need for sick leave and hiring temp workers to keep your operations running smoothly. This is just one more way in which a sound occupational hygiene strategy makes both fiscal and legal sense.
Choose IOH Solutions for an Expert Approach to Occupational Hygiene
When you approach us for a risk assessment, we carefully examine your work area, and determine what could cause harm to people. We then weigh up the risk, and conclude whether there are enough precautions and controls in place to prevent harm from occurring. This is also weighed up against various laws and legislations that are in place, which need to be adhered to. Some of the legislation that apply include the Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulation of 1995 – Section 5, and the OHS Act No. 85 of 1993 – Sections 8, to name a few.
We bring many decades of combined experience to the occupational health and hygiene sector. Partner with us for all your occupational hygiene needs, and let us help you keep your team safe and healthy while on the job. Contact us to learn more about our company, and for all the advice needed to make an informed decision.