Risk Management and Worker Protection

Risk management is a four-step process for controlling exposure to health and safety risks associated with hazards in the workplace. … This duty extends to protecting workers from the risk of harm from stressors at work. It is up to the human resource manager to be aware of worker protection requirements and ensure the workplace is meeting both federal and union standards. … Worker protection issues might include the following: Chemical hazards. Heating and ventilation requirements.

Risk Management Defined

Definition: In the world of finance, risk management refers to the practice of identifying potential risks in advance, analyzing them and taking precautionary steps to reduce/curb the risk. … For example, a fixed deposit is considered a less risky investment.

Example

These types of risks come from dangerous situations in the workplace. Some common examples include: physical hazards caused by high noise levels, extreme weather or other environmental factors. equipment hazards caused by faulty equipment or poor processes when using equipment such as machinery.

Worker Protection

A critical element of effective health & safety management is a proactive and ongoing
process to identify and assess hazards at the workplace

 

  • Formal risk assessments have been performed on task group
    or job function level to identify occupational health risks.
  • Risk mitigation measures are defined and implemented giving first priority to risk
    elimination and technical measures.
  • Exposure assessments are conducted for hazardous chemicals and noise and
    technical measures are in place to mitigate exposure.
  •  Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is made available to employees
    according to the risks concerned and its correct use is ensured.
  • There are valid procedures for operations, tasks or use of equipment on-site
    detailing safety precautions required.
  • Proper hygiene practices are in place.
  •  An incident management and reporting system is in place to ensure that the true
    causes are identified.
  • Corrective actions for incidents are identified and implemented

Making Improvements to Safety & Risk Management

One of the downsides of the traditional approach to safety performance management is the fact that most of the major interventions emanate from the evaluation of data regarding the previous year’s accidents and injuries experienced by the workforce. Where this information comes from is from internal accident investigation reports or data provided by brokers or insurance carriers. This analysis then establishes interventions to be utilized during the coming year to reduce the accidents and resulting injuries. and we can never predict the future. Another issue is that generally the interventions are all focused on changing the behavior of the workforce by more training, retraining, emphasis of certain program elements, more rigorous inspections or though incentives or punishment. In the short term, these may result in some improvement, but in the long run, the end results are never what you were exactly hoping for.

In Closing,

In conclusion, we now know why it is important to be taking the right steps in your company to assure that everyone is safe, and you are protected as well. Things happen that we do not see coming and is always a good habit to make sure you have properly covered all the safety issues that historically go wrong. It may seem tedious or like common sense but it will benefit you in the long run to take the time to do it properly.

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