Health and safety risk assessment has become a matter of prime importance for establishments that employ a workforce and are set-ups that include other people apart from the employees – such as visiting contractors and volunteers. Whatever category the business may fall in, it is solely for the benefit of the business, its employees and consumers that an assessment becomes a must.
Any work environment poses some sort of risk to the employees and could affect their health or well-being, and in some cases pose a certain amount of risk to the consumers as well. Many people think that they can guarantee their employees' safety from various risks and protect their health by taking few precautionary methods, as they believe it is simple. Guaranteeing their health and safety may sound simple but when it comes down to the brass tacks, the entire process is very complicated and requires professional assessment.
These days nearly all workplaces especially those associated with manufacturing and large industries employ the services of risk assessment professionals to protect their employers from any risk or health hazard.
What Health And Safety Risk Assessment Is About
The purpose of health and safety risk assessments is to ensure that an employee is in no way under any danger while in the working environs.
A risk assessment will first identify all the risks that an employee is facing while he is working. The risks could be from anything - the tools that the employee utilises, the machinery in the company that the employee operates, the possible chemicals that are in usage in the industry and a number of other things. This is essentially the safety part of the assessment. The other part is the health hazard an employee may face in any working environment. These generally pertain to the health of an employee, and it is to make sure that the actual working environment is conducive to his well-being.
The assessment also looks into the safety policy of the company and sees to the level of enforcement of the company's safety policy. It will see the emergency action plans and see whether there has been adequate first aid training among the employees. It will also see the same risks and see if they affect the consumers too.
Benefits Of Health And Safety Assessments
A committee of experts who will identify all the risks and hazards in the workplace will do the health and safety assessment of a company. If there is no safety policy and emergency plan, they will create new ones or they will amend the shortcomings and loopholes in the older ones. The benefit being that it will vastly improve your business. An assessment ensures that work will not face disruptions due to an accident because of an unnoticed hazard. It will ensure that your insurance covers the smallest of mishaps. It will ensure your employees are satisfied.
The assessment will also help you to ensure that you do not have to waste company resources on compensation to victims of accidents and mishaps. Similarly, there will be no legal complications and the company will not face bad publicity because of fines and other legal dilemmas due to lack of safety standards.
Learn more about Barringtons WHS Risk Assessments here.
Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons