One of the ways that hazards are kept under control is by performing regular risk assessments. This is how risks and hazards are spotted and solutions are formed. From the risk assessment it is possible to create safe methods of work, communicate how to work to all those who are affected by the findings and reduce the number of injuries or occupational illnesses within your organisation. You can learn how to perform risk assessments by attending a suitable risk assessment course.
Avoid Large Fines
There is another good reason for keeping up with your risk assessments. That reason is to avoid prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive. They can inspect your business at any time, even if there have been no accidents or incidents, and if they consider your assessments to be lacking you could end up in front of a judge.
This is what happened to a Norfolk company on December 6 2012. Sibelco Ltd was summoned to appear at Kings Lynn Magistrates court after the HSE found the risk assessments performed were unclear and lacking. While an assessment had taken place for the job of moving rail wagons without the use of a locomotive the inspectors found that many of the hazards had not been included. This meant that the workers were exposed to serious risks.
Sibelco Ltd were therefore fined £10,000 and had to pay a further £10,203 in costs for breaching Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
Don't Take Risks with Your Assessments
If you would like to ensure that the risk assessments for your company are being properly completed you can undertake training. It's possible for business owners to take on the job or to delegate the job to your senior staff. Either way being trained in how to perform the risk assessments can save lives, reduce injuries and baseness and stop your firm from being in breach of the health and safety laws.
You can book a place for any of your senior staff on many of the suitable health and safety courses that cover risk assessments.
- Introduction to risk assessment course
- Meet your legal requirement with a risk assessment
- Occupational health and safety risks you may not be thinking about
- Are you competent enough for performing risk assessments?
- Use risk assessments to avoid prosecution
- Reducing risk in the workplace
- Working at Height - learn how to reduce the risks
- Are you putting your workers lives at risk?
- Reducing the risk of fire with NEBOSH fire safety training