As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm and as minimum you have the responsibility to:
A risk assessment is a thorough look at your workplace to identify those things, situations, processes, etc. that may cause harm, particularly to people. After identification is made, you analyze and evaluate how likely and severe the risk is. When this determination is made, you can next, decide what measures should be in place to effectively eliminate or control the harm from happening (OSHA 2021).
Risk assessments are very important as they form an integral part of an occupational health and safety management plan. They help to: