Every workplace has hazards. As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to look after your employees’ safety and protect them against health and safety hazards at work. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation requires that all foreseeable hazards are identified and the risks arising from these hazards are eliminated or controlled. Hazards and risks present in the workplace may need to be assessed to determine what consequences could result, to allocate a risk level or rating and to determine priorities for actions to be implemented to ensure the health and safety of workers. According to the new approach in Risk Assessment, Employers are required to carry out a Risk Assessment for health and safety, including the status of employees who may be affected by specific risks in the workplace.
According to the law, the risk assessment carried out for the workplace should be renewed according to the hazard class for the periods specified below.
2 years in very dangerous workplaces
4 years in dangerous workplaces
6 years in less dangerous workplaces
The risk assessment should be renewed in whole or in part, considering that the new risks that may arise from the following situations affect all or part of the workplace.
a) Carriage of buildings or changes in buildings
b) Changes in technology, materials, and equipment used in the workplace
c) Changes in the production method
d) Work accident, occupational disease or occurrence
e) There is a legislative change regarding the limit values of the working environment
f) Work environment measurement and health surveillance results
g) The emergence of a new danger arising out of the workplace and affecting the workplace
Risk management is a legal requirement for all businesses and basically, it follows through an application that four steps and involves used to describe the overall process asking the questions:
1-To Identify hazards and risk factors that have the potential to cause harm (hazard identification). What hazards exist in the workplace?
2-To Analyze and evaluate the risks associated with those hazards (risk analysis, and risk evaluation). How serious are the hazards?
3-To Determine appropriate ways to eliminate the hazard or control the risk when the hazard cannot be eliminated (risk control). what can be done to control these hazards?
4- To hazards review and record. Is the risk controlled effectively, or is further action required?
The benefits of risk assessment study for employers;
To be able to foresee the risks and risks,ınternational prestige and validity,
Be prepared for emergency situations with a proactive approach,
Material and moral reduction of losses through the prevention of undesirable situations,
Identifying and sharing responsibilities and tasks,
Safe working environment with secure technology selection.
To make risk assessments in terms of health and safety in the situation of groups of workers who may be affected by risks in the workplace,
To decide on the protective measures to be taken and the protective equipment to be used according to the results of the risk assessment,
Providing the work equipment safely, making the necessary maintenance, checking and conducting the tests periodically, training the operators and maintenance workers,
In order to protect the health and safety of workers, prevention of occupational risks, providing education and information, taking all measures, making emergency organizations, providing tools and equipment,
The best way to protect yourself and your employees from workplace hazards is to identify and manage them and take reasonable steps to prevent their potential to harm.
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