Hazard and Risk Assessment for Supervisors and Business Owners
WHAT CAN I LOSE?
Can you afford to lose your life, your house, your car and even your relationships? This is what many people are risking when they fail to do a hazard and risk assessment. Every business must legally comply with Work Health & Safety legislation but the Hazard and Risk Assessment answers the question... How does that apply to me?
Every task that you do in your business MUST be assessed for potential danger, and then you examine how you can make the task safer. It is not to say... "it was common sense"... it is not enough to say "I did it mentally"... it MUST be documented so that it stands up in court.
NO PRIVACY IN WORK HEALTH & SAFETY OFFENCES
With social media and work safe telling the world about major incidents, can you really afford not to implement a safety system in your workplace? It all starts with the Hazard and Risk Assessment. There would be nothing worse when the eyes of the world are looking at you, because you are in court after causing the death of a worker.
What would be worse is sitting in the courtroom looking into the eyes of the mother, the spouse or your employees' children and knowing you had killed their loved one. How could you justify that you were too busy or could not be bothered to do a hazard and risk assessment of all their jobs? How could you justify that the risk was not present if you have not conducted a hazard and risk assessment?
CAN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?
Do you want to sleep well at night knowing you had taken all reasonably preventable steps to keep all your employees, contractors and members of the public safe? Well, the only way to sleep well is to do a Hazard & Risk Assessment.
Hazard & Risk Assessments apply to every size of business. Even a sole trader without staff needs to do a Hazard & Risk Assessment as their activity could hurt their clients, suppliers or members of the public.
WHAT IS A HAZARD AND RISK ASSESSMENT
A hazard & risk assessment is the foundation on which you build your work health and safety program in your business. It is a process of identifying hazards and assessing the risks they pose to workers, customers and visitors. The goal is to eliminate or minimize the risks associated with those hazards. The first step is to identify the hazards in your workplace. This can be done by walking through your workplace and observing the work activities taking place. Once you have identified the hazards, you need to assess the risks they pose. This involves determining how likely it is that someone could be injured or killed if they were exposed to the hazard, and how severe those injuries or fatalities could be. Finally, you need to put controls in place to eliminate or minimize the risks associated with the hazard. This may involve changes to work practices, the use of personal protective equipment, or the installation of safety devices such as guardrails or warning signs. By completing a hazard & risk assessment, you will have a clear understanding of the risks present in your workplace and what needs to be done to mitigate those risks.