Organizations have long been striving to improve their safety record, reduce near misses and decrease compensation claims. Unfortunately, accidents continue to be a critical problem. Nobody is averse to complying with safety rules; still, we come across incidents like injury and death from time to time. An essential component in this regard could be the failure in identifying hazards leading to risk exposure. This reflects that the organizations don’t conduct safety audits or even if they do, the outcome might not be satisfactory.
There are various reasons why hazard identification might fail: Structural defects may go undetected because of visual inspection procedures; similar risks may escape detection due to limitations in available equipment or technology; incorrect information about hazards may linger unchallenged for years without being corrected, or simply due lack of staff expertise (divisional Chief Operations Officer).
The consequences of failing to identify hazards can range from minor injuries caused by slips and trips on wet floors/walls, cross-contamination during food preparation, etc., right up until fatalities resulting from mishandled hazardous materials such as chemicals/solvents etcetera1In order for an organization’s workplace health & safety management system (WHSM)to effectively protect people at work it is necessary that all identified hazards receive appropriate attention – through effective control measures (including surveillance), training and assessment programs.
So what steps need must an organization take in order for the hazard identification process to succeed? Here are some key points worth considering: 1- Have accurate data 2- Use the appropriate tools 3- Use a process that can be documented What is the correct way to use the appropriate tools? Tools are used properly when they are designed for a specific purpose. Every organization has files that contain detailed information on location, hazards, and emergency response plans. This information is gathered through hazard analysis and risk assessment activities which result in a risk management plan.
Hiring an auditing service to render services in the areas listed above can be a great way to improve safety and compliance. Not only will employees understand the importance of safety, but management would also be able to reinforce personal safety by setting good behavior-based practices. Furthermore, accidents won’t happen at all or reduce the number of incidences due to the proper implementation of procedures and controls. So why wait? Contact us today for more information on our audit services!
Many organizations today are looking for quality auditing services to help them improve their safety and compliance posture. Hiring an audit firm can provide many benefits, such as:
– Employees will understand the importance of safety and take precautions to stay safe.
– Management would be able to reinforce personal safety through good behavior-based practice and ensure all procedures and controls are in place. This would reduce the likelihood of accidents happening at all or reduce the number of incidences. So what steps need must an organization take in order for the hazard identification process to succeed? The hazard identification process must be structured in such a way that there are clear and specific steps. Some of the most important steps include: identify possible sources of the danger, identify the potential harm, ascertain how to protect people from this harm, and finally determine what measures need to be taken.