From Occupational Health & Safety, ohsonline.com
Risk Assessments Made EasyEvery business should carry out regular risk assessments, and
there's no excuse not to with the Risk Assessor App, which is free to
download on the App Store. It makes the process easy and produces a
clean, easy-to-read report in PDF format. It's important to keep the
assessments up to date, so the App syncs reminders for future
assessments with iCal.
Risk assessments are a vital step in protecting your business, its
workers, and anybody who might be affected by risks in the area. They
provide a platform to focus on risks that really matter in the
workplace, the ones which have potential to cause injury or harm. In
most instances, straightforward measures can be taken to control risks.
An example would be ensuring that spills are cleaned up promptly to
prevent people from slipping, or perhaps something as simple as closet
drawers being kept closed to ensure people do not trip. For most, that
makes for simple and effective measures to ensure that your workforce
and the public are protected.
A risk assessment is report detailing the examination of what in your
work area could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh whether you
have taken enough precautions to prevent harm. Everybody has the right
to be protected from harm caused by failure to take reasonable control
measures, and a simple assessment is the way to do it.
Besides injuries, your business will be harmed if output is lost, machinery is damaged, and insurance costs increase.
Here's how to assess risks in your workplace:
- Identify the hazards in the area
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on the precautions to take
- Record your findings and implement them
- Review your assessment and update it if necessary
Posted by James Boatwright on Apr 24, 2014