Why Conduct a Health and Safety Risk Assessment?

Health and safety risk assessment has become a matter of prime importance for employers. Performing a risk assessment is a good start to demonstrating employer health and safety due diligence

All work environments pose some sort of risk to the employees and could affect their health or well-being, and in some cases pose a certain amount of risk to the consumers as well. Many people think that they can guarantee their employees’ safety from various risks and protect their health by taking few precautionary methods, as they believe it is simple. The OHSA requires that an employer take every reasonable precaution for the protection of the worker (S.25), the entire process is very complicated and requires professional assessment.

These days nearly all workplaces especially those associated with manufacturing, distribution and construction employ the services of risk assessment professionals to protect their employers from any risk or health hazard.

The purpose of health and safety risk assessments is to ensure that an employee is in no way under any danger while in the working environment. A risk assessment will first identify all the risks that an employee is facing while he is working. The risks could be from anything – the tools that the employee uses, the machinery that the employee operates or the chemicals that are in used or stored in the workplace. This is essentially the safety part of the assessment. The other part is the health hazard an employee may face in any working environment. These generally pertain to the health of an employee, and it is to make sure that the actual working environment is conducive to his or her well-being.

The assessment also looks into the health and safety program of the company and observes to the level of enforcement of the company’s safety policy. It will also review the emergency evacuation plan and assess training needs

An employer risk assessment of a health and safety program, department or task is an effective start in recognizing potential hazards so they can be assessed and effectively controlled in order to minimize or eliminate accidents.