About the workshop
When it comes to the safety and health of your employees, it pays to be proactive. When evaluating your business to identify any hazards that might pose a risk to your employees, ask yourself the following questions:
• What hazards are there in my workplace?
• How serious are these hazards?
• What can I do to control these hazards?
The workshop will cover
There are three basic areas that can introduce risk factors in the workplace:
1. When engaging in day-to-day activities, employees are at risk by the actions they execute, the environment in which they work and the nature of the equipment they use. Examples might be handling dangerous equipment, repetitive movements, air quality and sitting with a bad posture.
2. The equipment and products you buy for the day-to-day running of your business may pose dangers for your employees. Examples would be chemicals such as chlorine at a gym, cleaning agents and heavy or sharp equipment.
3. Your employees will inevitably interact with colleagues or customers, exposing them to a vast array of potential risks. Examples may include abusive customers, renovators with dangerous equipment or co-workers who are ill, e.g. having the flu and making everyone else in the office sick.
You can identify potential risks to your employees by having regular inspections, checking previous incidence reports and engaging with your employees to get their valuable input – after all, they have a much better idea of what goes on at grass roots level.
Once you have identified potential risks, you must assess each risk.
• You need to determine the odds of an employee being affected by the hazard as well as the severity of the exposure.
• Assess the risk by considering the following elements:
• The type of hazard.
• The severity of the hazard – How bad will the injury be or how much harm can be caused?
• The likelihood of the hazard resulting in severe consequences.
• The possibility, frequency and length of exposure to the hazard.
• Which employees may be affected by the hazard?
• The company’s abilities to deal with this hazard.
• The skills and experience of the people who will be exposed to this hazard.
• The set-up and condition of the workplace.
Nonhlalo Mphofu | SHEQ Executive | SEIFSA | ISO 9001 Certified Lead Auditor, IRCA: 6018477 | Merseta Registered Assessor
Who should attend?
• any other personnel contributing to quality assurance and control.
Included in the fees
• Course Packs