Five things you MUST do to reduce risks in your company

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 05 May. 2014

Tags: ohsa, occupational health and safety act, how to reduce risks, risk management, risk assessments

You have a legal duty to manage health and safety risks in your company. This means you must keep your employees safe at work and not endanger their health in any way. Now the big question is: Does the health and safety legislation shed light on how you must do this? The answer is yes. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to do these five things to reduce risks in your company.


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To reduce risks in your company, do these five things:

The Health & Safety Advisor recommends you do these nine things to reduce risks in your company:

#1: Identify all the hazards associated with each work activity;

#2: Use a defined assessment methodology to assess the risks that come with each hazard;

#3: Determine acceptable risks and areas where you don’t need to implement further risk control measures;

#4: Determine significant risks that aren’t acceptable and the risk measures you need to put in place;

#5: Implement appropriate risk control measures to reduce unacceptable risks to acceptable risks.

If you’re asking yourself “how on earth will I be able to remove all risks”, keep this in mind…


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You’re only required to do what’s reasonable to reduce risks to an acceptable level

To do this, you need to follow the legal principle of what a reasonable man would do in these circumstances.

You need to ask yourself the following questions and make your decisions on the actions you need to take:
  • How extensive is the hazard? For example, does it affect a few people or many people in the business? Does it affect a small section of your organisation or is it widespread? And could it affect neighbouring businesses?
  •  Is there sufficient information available on how to remove or reduce the risk to an acceptable level i.e. no harm done?
  • Can I apply the currently available risk reduction information and measures to my business?
  • What will it cost to implement these risk reduction measures?
  • What benefits will my business gain from investing in risk reduction measures?
Now that you know the nine ways you can use to reduce risks, comply with the OHSA to ensure your risk management and risk assessment methods are effective.

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