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Are you aware of the occupational health and safety risks in your company? You will be if you have done a risk analysis.

What is a Risk Analysis?

A risk analysis is a systematic method of evaluating work activities, considering possible things that could go wrong, and deciding on suitable control measures to prevent loss, damage or injury in the workplace.

Why is it important to do a risk analysis?

Being unaware of the risks in your workplace, you are putting yourself, your employees, customers and the entire organization in danger. When it comes to employee safety, going above the legal minimum will help to eliminate as much of the risk as possible and reduce the number of safety-related incidents reported. The smallest complaint made by an employee about the issue of safety in the workplace should be investigated. Every company should conduct an examination of the workplace and its functions at least once a year in order to remain up to date on any new risks that have been introduced or discovered that could be compromising the ability of employees to complete their work in a safe manner.

Doing a risk analysis ensures safety matters don’t fall through the cracks, provides data that identifies areas of risk and helps you make the workplace safer by following up on complaints and making the necessary adjustments to eliminate the problem.

What are the benefits of doing a risk analysis?

Optimal Productivity

By eliminating barriers that employees face when trying to complete their jobs and providing them with the proper working tools to complete the tasks at hand, productivity and the quality of work will be higher.

Happier Employees

Providing a safe and stress-free workplace will result in positive employee attitudes, fewer days off due to illness or stress, and a stronger commitment to the goals of the company.

Better Qualified Employees

When people are job hunting, businesses that are known for their commitment to safety in the workplace are likely to be more attractive options to choose from.

Saving Money

Fewer injuries lead to fewer costs. Elated employees lead to decreased turnover and training costs. Fewer incidents lead to a lower chance of lawsuits, fines or penalties from the Department of Labor.

Positive Image

Avoiding negative publicity is good for your public image, but it also increases opportunity for your company. When you are seen as committed to safety in the workplace, other businesses will want to be associated with your brand.

A safer workplace for all employees.

Need help with the fundamentals of a risk analysis in your company please feel free to contact me and I will gladly assist

Article by:

William Van Greunen – OHS Consultant

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