Five principles to apply when controlling risks in your company

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 11 Apr. 2014

Tags: risk assessment, risk control measures, risk control measures and risk assessments, controlling risks, how to control risks

When you’ve done a risk assessment in your company, you need to apply risk control measures so you can protect your employees. If you want to do this effectively, make sure you adhere to these five principles…

It’s a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company

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You must control risks when you’ve done a risk assessment

The Health & Safety Executive says having spotted the hazards; you then have to decide what to do about them.

In this article we explained that the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) acknowledges that it’s not always possible to remove all risk from a task or activity. And that’s why it encourages you to apply the concept of ‘reasonably practicable’ to risk control measures.

This means you have to:
  • Establish the severity and scope of the risk;
  • The state of knowledge available concerning the hazard and associated risk;
  • Think about ways to remove or reduce the risk for your business and if these are suitable; and
  • Consider the costs of removing or reducing the risk in relation to the benefits.

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When controlling risks, make sure you apply these five principles:

The Health & Safety Executive outlines the five principles you must apply when controlling risks in your company:
  • Try a less risky option, for example, switch to using a less hazardous chemical;
  • Prevent access to the hazard, for example, by guarding;
  • Organise work to reduce exposure to the hazard;
  • Issue personal protective equipment, for example, clothing, footwear, goggles; and
  • Provide welfare facilities, for example, a first aid kit and showers.

The bottom line: “Failure to take simple precautions can cost you a lot more if an accident does happen,” warns the Health & Safety Executive. So make sure you apply risk control measures when you’ve done a risk assessment and don’t forget to apply the principles we’ve outlined.




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