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First you need to work out how people could be harmed. When you work in a place everyday, it is easy to overlook some hazards, so here are some tips to help you identify some of the key issues:

  • Walk around your workplace and look at what could reasonably be expected to cause harm.
  • Ask your employees what they think. They may have noticed things that are not immediately obvious to you.
  • Think about the safety of particular workers. For example, new and young workers, migrant workers, expectant mothers and people with disabilities may be at particular risk.
  • Consider who and what operates in a given space and what happens when they meet e.g. forklift trucks and people accessing the canteen.
  • Think about people such as cleaners, visitors, contractors, maintenance workers etc, who may not be in the workplace all the time.
  • If you are a member of a trade association, contact them. Many produce very helpful guidance.
  • Check manufacturers’ instructions or data sheets for equipment or materials such as chemicals, as they can be very helpful in spelling out the hazards and putting them into perspective.
  • Have a look back at your accident and ill-health records – these often help to identify the less obvious hazards.
  • Remember to think about long-term hazards to health e.g. high levels of noise, exposure to harmful substances, or strain from repeated operations.
  • Once the risks have been highlighted, put an action plan in place with short and long term solutions giving clear responsibilities and timescales. Then put regular checks in place.

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