Workplace Safety Assessment

One of the "root causes" of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated. A critical element of any effective safety and health program is a proactive, ongoing process to identify and assess such hazards.

Safety assessments can have an impact on other outcomes of interest aside from direct job performance, particularly workplace safety incident occurrence. As using assessments for selecting and developing employees becomes common practice, individuals and organizations alike are becoming aware of the benefits these tools offer.

The main aim of doing an assessment is to make sure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill. Accidents and ill health can ruin lives, and can also affect business if output is lost, machinery is damaged, insurance costs increase, or if you have to go to court. Therefore, carrying out Risk Assessments, and keeping up to date will not only help prevent accidents and ill health but also play a crucial part in reducing their likelihood.

There is also considerable evidence, borne out by companies’ practical experiences, that effective safety and health management in the workplace contributes to business success. Accidents and ill-health inflict significant costs, often hidden and underestimated.

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