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How to create and maintain a safe workplace

​Employers and employees need to have a clear understanding of the risk management process in place. Risk management frameworks need to be identified, analysed, and revised from time to time. Appropriate documentation of its planning and implementation is required for a zero tolerance of risks to be in effect. This ensures a safe working environment and the well-being of all its workers. You should adopt the following points, to eliminate and control potential risks to your workforce:

1. Prevent incidents by educating your staff on safety regulations and processes on their first day. Making this part of the induction process for new workers can help in maintaining and preventing injuries and fatalities. Constant training and supervision, including specific task training will help your workers to perform their jobs properly and safely. The level of supervision required varies depending on the experience and age of the employee, along with the hazards associated with their task.

2.Implement hazard identification programs. This should include regular workplace inspections, consultation with employees, incident reporting and injuries register. You can prevent future incidents by keeping an eye set on malfunctioning equipment, the misplacement of safety equipment and correcting the problems as they occur. Consulting with your workers will give you a better idea of the hazards present while encouraging them to communicate health and safety issues. It's also a requirement under legislation, for workers to be aware and consulted when making decisions that will affect their health and safety.

3. Prepare risk assessments. It will allow you to determine how likely and how serious a hazard is towards your workers and their exposure to it. Determine which hazards are the most dangerous and need to be dealt more urgently.

4. Decide what actions need to be taken, to control or eliminate the risk. You should always try to remove the problem by using a different process or changing the way the job is completed. If the hazard can’t be eliminated, then measures to minimise the risks such as providing personal protective equipment or enclosing or isolating the hazard, must be taken into consideration.

5. Maintain records of incidents and regulations you need to put in place and those you have already implemented. Recording will help to keep track of your risk assessment and control. Perform periodic reviews of control measures and risk assessments to ensure control measures implemented are still appropriate and effective.