How to Manage Risks in the Workplace
Jan 27, 2022
Ensuring that your workspace is safe and accident-free is one of the most important responsibilities of any employer. Identifying and assessing potential risks is the first step in making sure of this, allowing you to understand the various risks in your workplace and what role they play in your day-to-day operations. Once you’ve done this, you can control and manage them successfully and keep your business and your employees safe.
These control measures should be reviewed at least every two years, allowing you to determine the success of your approach and make any necessary changes. Here are five steps you can take to manage risks in the workplace and stay on top of your safety precautions.
Get your plant and machinery valued
Having your plant and machinery valued by an expert allows for a revelation of assets and is needed for accurate financial reporting. It also can be used to estimate the remaining useful life of your assets, providing you with insight into how much longer your plant or machinery can be used before requiring repairs or replacement.
With this information, you can schedule maintenance work and avoid accidents from occurring by being able to spot issues before they occur. This will also help reduce your downtime from unexpected faults, increasing your productivity and customer satisfaction.
Get your workers involved
Your employees that work with equipment or chemicals within your workplace will be able to use their expertise to help you identify potential safety risks. From their first-hand knowledge, they’ll be able to tell if something is wrong and may be very useful in suggesting when action needs to be taken.
Always encourage your workers to speak up if they notice anything of concern. You should always make sure to keep them informed when introducing any changes to your safety procedures and help them understand that safety is everybody’s responsibility.
Assess each potential risk carefully
A risk can be defined as something that can potentially cause illness, injury, death or some type of damage to your health. Each hazard will pose a different level of risk than another, so start with the more serious risk and work your way down from there.
In order to assess them properly, you need to determine what the potential hazards are and then how likely they are to cause harm. From there, you can decide on the appropriate course of action.
Eliminate risks if possible
Whenever possible, completely eliminating the risk should always be the first option you consider. Although this won’t be possible in all situations, it should always be assessed as a solution as this will remove the risk entirely and eliminate the possibility of an accident occurring.
Enforce the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Even if a risk is seemingly completely under control and effective safety procedures are in place, the use of PPE should always be enforced. Although it should not be relied on as the only safety measure, PPE provides employees with protection in the event of an accident occurring and can mean the difference between life and death in many cases.
From hard hats to protective eyewear, PPE has many different uses and you should always make sure that your equipment is in good condition and meets all current safety standards.