General principles of prevention and the hierarchy of controls
When deciding on the controls, you should consider the general principles of prevention. These are a hierarchy of controls that set out how to manage hazards. The focus should be to get rid of the hazard, so that people are protected. If this is not possible then you should work through the principles until you have made it as safe as reasonably practicable.
Health and Safety Authority inspectors visiting workplaces will want to know how safety and health is being managed. If they investigate an accident, they will scrutinise the risk assessments, safety statement, and the procedures as well as the work practices.
A safe and healthy workplace contributes to an efficient business. The costs associated with accidents and ill health in the workplace can be significant.
The consequences of a workplace injury or illness can be long lasting and devastating. This can be true not only for the victim, but also for their family and loved ones.
A positive approach to safety has 5 times the greater effect than a negative approach.
Once all hazards are identified, IPU365 will calculate risk using a risk rating matrix (Probability X Severity = Risk Rating). When each hazard is identified and the risk rating calculated we will implement a set of controls to reduce both the probability and severity of risk. This in return will reduce the risk rating of the activity and keep your employees informed of what additional controls you have put in place to ensure their safety.
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