As an owner of a business it is your responsibility to make sure that your workers are protected from occupational risks and hazards. In order for an employer to understand which steps need to be taken to ensure worker safety the necessary analysis and assessments must first be effected.

This is where HIRA (Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment) comes in. It is a tool by which hazards are identified. It is only once the hazards have been identified that we can assess the risks involved. There are different ways to approach the identification of hazards in the workplace, a couple of essential elements that should be assessed include:

The physical workplace;

Tasks to be completed;

Ways in which employees can be affected;

Possible risks;

Level of risks involved.

Furthermore, Root Cause Analysis is used to determin how a problem occured in the first place, knowing how to effectively pinpoint what went wrong also plays a pivotal role in rectifying a situation.

It is not an uncommon thing for accidents to occur in the workplace. When this happens the consequences, costs and legislation is usually a lot more far reaching than most o

f us realise. Being prepared, informed and having systems in place to enable effective damage control is of the utmost importance.

One of the main aspects of Root Cause Analysis is to identify not only what made the incident occur but also how to prevent such incidents or related issues from taking place again.