risk assessment

Build a Risk Aware Workforce

As part of the HSE’s strategy plans for the future, a movement has been created. The movement is called Help Great Britain Work Well. Its aim? To create a culture of risk awareness and accountability in all firms in the UK. Instead of leaving the task of maintaining health and safety standards to one over-stretched employee, why not educate your entire workforce? With more people involved in the continued identification and mitigation of risk, your workplace ultimately becomes safer. Give your employees the chance to step up and contribute to the continued effort of keeping themselves and their co-workers safe during the working day. An initial risk assessment is just the start. You must continuously look out for hazards, which is far more effective with more hands on deck.

What is a COSHH assessment?

The law requires all firms to carry out a COSHH assessment. It stands for Control Of Substances Harmful to Health. You may think that this doesn’t apply to your firm but it does. If you are in control of a workforce of any size, you must make this risk assessment.

It involves assessing the possible exposure to any harmful substances in your workplace. It is especially pertinent in warehouses, workshops and engineering premises among others. However, it can also be relevant in a simple office set up due to factors such as indoor air quality. Printer ink is also considered to be a harmful substance. So whilst you may not think that your workplace poses any harmful substance threat, it always pays to be thorough. If you’re in any way unsure, further your learning and take a training course. Or appoint members of staff to earn the certificate then the trained staff members can pass on their knowledge and create a risk-aware workforce.

Level 2 Risk Assessment Certificate

Taking a level 2 risk assessment training course will provide you with the tools to carry out an effective risk assessment in your workplace. By understanding how risks arise, you can step to mitigate them. You’ll initially learn how to identify a hazard. Although this may seem like a common sense undertaking, some hazards are not so easily spotted.

One of the main issues in many workforces is that although a hazard has been spotted, nothing is been done about. Staff can become apathetic about it and the hazard lies dormant until it causes an accident. By then, it’s too late to safeguard your staff. Often it’s only then that something is done. A training course will coach you on the possible outcomes and the reasons why you must take immediate action.

Having staff who are aware of hazards and trained to carry out a thorough risk assessment can only benefit you as a firm. The number of days lost to occupational ill-health and workplace injuries during 2014/2015 was 27.3 million. Of this figure, 4.1 million were days lost because of an injury that happened on the job. This loss of productivity can be extremely destructive to a firm’s overall output. So, why not safeguard against it? Prevention is better than cure. Creating a culture where employees are informed and well-briefed on risks is your best weapon against costly absences. This is the ultimate aim of the Help GB Work Well movement, which you can check out on social media for more information. Let’s work together to spot hazards before they strike.