Why Your Workplace Needs a Risk Assessment Program
In the past 100 years, the U.S. has taken incredible strides toward ensuring fair treatment and safety in the workplace. Today, highly regulated health and safety standards are a minimum requirement, as companies strive to provide the absolute best environment for their employees.
However, keeping up with changing regulations as well as employee needs can be overwhelming. Developing a risk assessment program can be extremely beneficial in protecting your employees from harm and reducing the costs associated with operating a business.
Keep Your Employees Safe and Satisfied
Your employees are your most important asset, so protecting them while they are at work is crucial. Whether you conduct business in manufacturing, construction, transportation, or another industry, your workers face the risk of exposure to hazardous materials, injuries, and other losses. A risk assessment program allows you to reduce this risk and protect your employees by ensuring that your workplace is the safest environment possible.
With a risk assessment program, skilled risk managers perform job site safety inspections to identify any potential hazards or threats to your workers. They then develop a customized, strategic plan to eliminate any risks and provide safety training to prevent them from occurring later. Maintaining healthy working conditions not only prevents accidents or injuries, it also helps to promote positive employee morale.
Reduce Your Costs with a Risk Assessment Program
All businesses must adhere to state and federal regulations regarding workplace health and safety standards. Improper storage of hazardous materials, inadequate air or water quality, or unsafe machinery can result in expensive fines or increased risk of injury. Workplace losses can also lead to raises in workers’ compensation and insurance costs. Investing in a risk assessment program can help prevent these costs and maximize profits.
As part of your risk assessment program, a certified safety consultant keeps up with all the latest changes in regulations, inspects your job site, and implements safety awareness programs. By helping you maintain OSHA, DOT, and EPA compliance, risk managers minimize your exposure to penalties and fines, as well as limit the chance of losses.
Facilitate Training and More
Because rules and regulations for workplace health and safety are constantly evolving, it can be difficult and time consuming to keep up. With risk assessment programs, professional risk managers lead your health and safety program, allowing you to focus on your day-to-day business operations.
Custom-tailored, onsite training is provided to teach new and current employees updated safety practices, ergonomics, and more. Safety consultants with extensive human resources experience help to develop and distribute training materials, as well as manage and satisfy employee complaints to improve morale. Many risk managers also help to manage employee files, perform drug tests or background checks, and aid with recordkeeping.
If you are interested in protecting the health and safety of your employees while reducing your operating costs, contact Risk Management Partners today to see how a risk assessment program can benefit you.