Health and safety assessment at the workplace

It is important to any company, big or small to have a health and safety assessment carried out. This is crucial not only for the employees of the company but also for your visitors or potential clients who visit your place.

Health and safety assessment may sound like a lot of unnecessary work but remember that you are required to carry out a risk assessment by law, no matter the size of your business. People are sometimes put off by this assessment as they think it is pretty complicated and difficult to complete.

In fact, health and safety assessment is to simply look at your workplace and work activities very carefully and figure out what the things are that could cause harm to your staff members or to your visitors including customers, sales representatives, suppliers, etc. Once you know what these potential risks are, all you have to do is to determine the best control measure you can implement to minimize this risk.

This assessment is also crucial for employees at the workplace to determine that their working conditions are safe. Potential hazards can be in various forms: biological, chemical and physical. It is important to identify the hazards that may have the potential to cause harm. Employees who often have to work with dangerous chemicals for example, have a higher risk to their health than people who work at a desk.

The next thing to think of is how you are planning to control or improve the environment so as to reduce these risks. This is a very important part of the health and safety assessment, where you set out steps that are followed for people’s protection.

OHS safety is a win-win situation for both business owners and employees.