The purpose of risk assessment
Employers must ensure the safety and health of their employees. A risk assessment helps.
While the removal of a risk is of course always the objective of the risk assessment, this will not always be possible in practice. In this case, the goal is to reduce the risk and control the residual risk. Through repeated reviews of a risk assessment, the risk can then be reassessed and the remedy – possibly in the light of new findings – can be re-examined.
Healthy Workplaces - it's good business
What do I achieve with a risk assessment?
In every company or organisations numerous risks are present which can endanger the health of its employees. This could be an accident involving one of the machines, exposure to dangerous substances, repetitive strain injuries… All these can cause outages of staff and a throttled production. Then there are still the costs for repairs and healthcare. Not to mention the danger to your reputation.
Safety at work – it’s up to the boss
In many countries employers are required by law to provide safe and healthy workplaces. Apart from legal considerations, it also makes sense from the economic perspective to keep employees healthy and motivated.
To achieve this, many organisations are already using the instrument of risk assessment. Often considereable effort is put into this process, combined with a large paper trail.
But what if a risk assessment could be performed with less effort, yet better structured? And what happens if your organisation evolves and you need to keep your documents on safety procedures up to date?
Risiken identifizieren und direkt angehen
A Risk Assessment consists of two parts:
- A list with all the risks in your company and
- A plan on how to deal with them.
These two components allow you to limit the risks to your employees, and thereby also the financial risk.
The questionnaire: centrally defined – answered on site
It is up the the appointed safety and health experts in a large organisation to define a list of all potential risks and create a well-structured questionnaire. But ticking off the individual questions needs to be done on site, and this job usually falls to the respective head of a production facility or chief technician. It is important that the questions are presented in an easy to use tool with a clear structure, so that performing a risk assessment will not be perceived as tedious extra work.
Reducing risks in four steps
Identification: All potential Hasards in the Company on the list are answered with Yes or No.
Evaluation: All found hazards are assessed for their priority.
Action Plan: Measures are defined on how to tackle the risks: who will do what and until when?
Report and keep it up-to-date: The current State of your risk Assessment and the action plan can be downloaded at any time.
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