The worksite serves an integral part of every employee’s life, especially in the aspect of career development. It is also one of the major contributors that affect the physical and mental capacity of a professional individual.
That is why it is necessary for most companies today to have a regular assessment on all the possible safety issues that might occur their workers in a seemingly healthy working environment. In the United States alone, there are a total of 5, 147 people who were killed in 2017 due to job-related incidents. This amounts to an average of over 99 deaths per week, and 14 deaths every single day. These statistics are taken from the United States Department of Labor.
Technically speaking, this particular assessment is called a worksite risk assessment and is usually conducted in accordance with other forms of basic precautionary measures such as buying personal protective equipment or PPE.
In case that you are unfamiliar with the term risk assessment, here is an accurate definition according to Health and Safety Executive:
“….a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm….”
When doing a worksite risk assessment, it is important for the employees to involve themselves during the procedures in order to receive the optimal result: to provide extensive knowledge as well as a detailed plan in keeping a healthy and hazard free environment within the premises of the working place.
Just to be clear, every company or organization has a different approach in risk assessments. But what makes them similar to each other is that they must be carried out in a methodical and strategical way.
Now that you have some rough idea about it, it’s time to know the steps in administering a worksite risk assessment. There are basically six steps to follow. These are:
Identify the hazards – listing down all of the possible risks when workers are starting their work every day.
Conduct regular inspections of equipment – inspecting the machinery, tools, and equipment used by the employees.
Record your findings and integrate your policies – making a careful evaluation on all the risks identified on the first step, so that it can be used to develop interim controls and prioritize those specific hazards in improving safety standards.
Administer an in-depth investigation of worksite incidents – finding out the potential root causes in the event of a worksite incident.
Implement an action plan accordingly to the current vital risks – applying the control measures being agreed upon the consent of all employees.
Review the effectiveness of your action plan – checking whether the risk management has been a success by reviewing its effectiveness or whether the desired results were met.
This infographic brought to you by Progressive Safety Equipment will further discuss these steps in conducting a risk assessment to a worksite as well as some tips in prolonging safety measures.