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It’s a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company
Do you know how to compile a risk assessment?
A comprehensive risk assessment must be compiled for your workplace. Doing this will allow you to protect your employees from health and safety hazards, and save yourself from a R100 000 fine, two years in jail or even both!
By conducting a hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA) process you will be able to:
- Recognise and control hazards and exposures in the workplace
- Create awareness among employees and also use it as a training tool. Set risk management standards based on acceptable self practices and legal requirements
- Reduce incidents in the workplace and
- Save costs by being proactive instead of reactive.
To effectively identify hazards and assess risks in the workplace, you’ll need the assistance of all your employees.
Remember the process doesn’t stop with the identification and assessment of hazards and risks. Once the first part of the process has been completed, risk management actions need to be taken. Through awareness and training, you’ll ensure compliance to risk management requirements and a high level of system effectiveness.
Included with your Risk Assessment training is the following:
- The facilitator manual: Your own set of notes to conduct the training that will provide you with information regarding risk assessment and the legal requirements.
- Delegate Manual: Your employee will need to take a copy of the training notes once he’s completed the Risk Assessment training. Give him a copy of the training notes and ensure he stays up-to-date with the fundamental rules of your health and safety processes.
- Question sheet: Once you’ve trained your employees, use the test to assess how much they’ve learned.
- Answer sheet: Once you’ve assessed your employees, use the answer sheet to assess how they’ve done.
- Risk Assessment power point presentation: For you to project or print for your training sessions.
- Facilitator Workbook: Detailed notes for you to explain each power point slide.
- The module also includes Training notes for delegates, sample templates to begin your basic risk assessment, examples of how to complete a baseline risk assessment and a baseline risk assessment power point presentation.
- Risk assessment certificate of completion: A certificate of completion to give to employees if they successfully complete the training.
There are statutory requirements that must be complied with so don’t get caught not doing risk assessments.
8 Laws you must comply with:
Law #1: The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
Law #2: The Hazardous Chemical Substance Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)
Law #3: The Major Hazard Installation Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)
Law #4: The National Environment Management Act (Act 107 of 1998, Section 28)
Law #5: The Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996)
Law #6: Environmental legislation
Law #7: The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA)
Law #8: The King III Report
Risk Assessments should be done by a team, made up from the following essential persons:
- Department manager
- HS Representative
- Fire Fighter
- First Aider (or an Occupational Health Practitioner)
- Operator/s (person/s doing the work)
Other persons that may need to be part of this team could be:
- Driver (where driven machinery/vehicles are involved)
- Cleaners (both contract or employed)
- Artisan (where plant, machinery and equipment are involved)
The risk assessment process should include (minimum) the following issues:
- Safety (of people)
- Health (of people)
- Environment (working conditions and pollution)
- Property (loss and damage)
- Production (loss and damage)
- Plant, machinery and equipment (loss and damage)
- Resources (water, electricity etc.)
- Natural events
4 Types of Risk Assessments
Type #1: Baseline assessment
Type #2: Generic assessment
Type #3: Continuous assessment
Type #4: Specialised assessments
Once you’ve decided on which risk assessment to perform, you’ll need to decide which model you’ll employ. In the field of hazard identification and risk assessment there are several methods available for determining risk in the workplace. These models each have a specific application and you’ll use them to achieve specific objectives.
For the NINE risk assessment models you can follow, read R01: Risk assessments in your Health and Safety Training Manual. It will explain these nine models as well as other essential tips for compiling a fool-proof risk assessment.
With the Health and Safety Training Manual you can make sure your employees know how to conduct a baseline risk assessment.
You’ll also have access to the following for risk assessments:
- Risk assessment criteria: a list of criteria you should take into consideration when identifying hazards.
- What are the potential risks if the worst situation actually happened?
- Terminologies: there are certain terminologies that are used for risk assessments. These terminologies and their definitions are universal and understood by most people, governments, companies and professionals.
- Risk assessment questions: Questions you need to ask when doing a risk assessment.
- Preventative/corrective measures: How to control the risk at the source
The Health and Safety Training manual also includes Chapters on:
- Fire Safety: Do your employees know how to respond to fire emergencies
- Induction: Ensure that all your employees are empowered with the knowledge to behave in a manner that’s conducive to the safety, health and working environment of all.
- First Aider Responsibilities: How you can guarantee your first aiders know how to respond to emergency situations?
- Health and Safety representative elections: Follow a step-by-step process for health and safety nominations and elections.
Best off all, we'll give you a chance to go through the handbook. If after 90 days you decide the Health and Safety Training Manual isn't for you, simply send it back to us within the 90 days and we'll give you a 100% refund