Making the Workplace Safer with Safety-Risk Assessments
Every workplace environment has a legal and fundamental need for managing health and safety concerns. Safety-risk assessments address these concerns, and are carried out by skilled and trained occupational health and safety professionals. Risk assessments are required by law to guarantee employees a safe workplace to execute their duties, as is everyone’s right.
Although safety-risk assessments are a legal requirement, and there is no getting around it, it helps to know the reasons for why you are required to actually do it. So, let’s take a look at some of the obvious and less-obvious benefits of having professionals conduct frequent safety-risk assessments at your workplace.
Safety-risk assessments help your business to:
- Create awareness amongst staff. Safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility. You can also use it as a training tool.
- Recognise and control hazards in your workplace.
- Set risk-management standards based on international and accepted best practice and legal requirements.
- Reduce health and injury incidents in the workplace.
- Save costs by helping you be proactive, rather than reactive.
Negligence Can Cause Injury and Ruin Lives
Oftentimes, people think incidents in the workplace occur due to the mistakes or negligence of other employees. However, most incidents in the workplace don’t occur due to mistakes, but are due to negligence and insufficient management controls. Management’s proactive effort to implement the recommendations of the risk assessment can help prevent a majority of the incidents that might occur in the workplace.
Here are a few management systems you can put in place to reduce the likelihood of injury and incidents in the workplace:
- Employee fitness and training.
- Workplace procedures and inspection.
- Planned maintenance of structures and equipment.
- Ensuring that there is competent supervision at all times.
Turn to IOH Solutions for Expert Safety-Risk Assessments
Since 2003, we’ve helped South African companies provide safer and more secure workplaces for employees across the country. As a Department of Labour and South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accredited Approved Inspection Authority, we continue to set the standards for expert safety-risk assessments in the industry. Our findings are trusted by many different companies to keep their workers safe while on the job.
We are proud of our long history of celebrated service, bringing expertise and experience to the health and safety industry. Our consultants work with some of the continent’s largest companies and governments to help and inform them on better ways of protecting their workers in the workplace. Our focus remains on providing comprehensive and quality, cost-efficient solutions that comply with local, national, and international standards.
Let us help you make sure that you adhere to all of the ever-evolving occupational health and safety laws and regulations of the land. Our team of seasoned professionals is always at hand to answer any questions you may have. To learn more about us, and to find out how we can help you keep your business and employees safe from avoidable risks, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.