Without risk assessments, your company is living on borrowed time

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 19 Aug. 2014

Do you know what happens to companies that don’t comply with health and safety regulations? They have serious workplace accidents. These alert the DoL to some kind of problem in your health and safety programme. That’s when the DoL inspector will find out that you didn’t do one of the most important steps during your health and safety planning.

he’ll probably shut your company down, if not for good, then at least until you fix the problem. This could take months and that’s a long time to go without any income coming into your business.

From there it’s only a matter of time before your company hits rock bottom.

That’s why when you start your health and safety programme, you have to do a risk assessment. Otherwise, you’re company’s living on borrowed time...


Here’s why a risk assessment is so vital to the well-being of your company

Without a risk assessment, you can’t identify the dangers your employees face at work. This means you won’t have any direction when it comes to putting safety precautions in place. 
This is why serious risks can still happen and why, when a DoL inspector comes by, he’ll see you haven’t actually done anything to protect your employees from the dangers they face. And he’ll shut your business down as a result.
You can avoid all of this if you just follow these four steps to do a risk assessment.
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Here are four steps to do a risk assessment
Step #1: Get your health and safety representative to do the workplace observation with you.
Step #2: Observe your employees, their work, the environment and the equipment to identify hazards and risks. 
Step #3: Document all of the hazards and risks you spot on your risk register
Step #4: Use your completed risk register to discuss your findings with your health and safety committee and find ways to deal with the risks your employees face.
This simple process will ensure your company is successful and your employees are safe.

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