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Let's Be Clear About Risk Assessments

Risk Assessments are pretty much the basic go-to for the start of any Health and Safety set up, not only do they help eliminate accidents happening in your work environment, they also prompt you to be thorough, therefore highlighting risks you may not have even known were there in the first place.

The reason you are required to do Risk Assessments are ‘the obvious’ removing or reducing of the risk, leading to a safer working environment and fewer accidents. Did you know that Risk Assessments are a company’s LEGAL REQUIREMENT? As stated in The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, it is an employers duty to undertake Risk Assessment to keep employees safe in the workplace.

So how do we carry out a Risk Assessment? Firstly, we recommend having a walk around your workplace and writing down anything that shows itself as ‘a potential to cause harm’, a good idea is to ask your employees what they also consider to be a risk. Remember that risks aren’t just always an obvious tripping hazard you spot or something that could fall, hazards include things like the chemicals (even cleaning products) that you keep, electrical equipment, tools etc. So be sure to be eagle eyed!

From this you can then work out how to reduce the potential of the risk actually causing harm.
Once you have done this you will then move on to scoring the risk, this is done using the ‘risk matrix’, you start by picking out the likelihood of an accident actually occurring on a 1-5 rating, 1 being the least likely to happen, then pick the severity of the outcome if the accident was to happen, 1 being very little harm and 5 being serious, combining these will give you your overall score. We advise that if the score falls into the orange or red area, go back to reducing the potential of the risk and try to see if there is anymore you can do. We have a copy of the risk matrix available in our free download section.

We hope this helps you to understand Risk Assessments a little bit more, if you are still in doubt then we can offer our advice if you contact us or call 01756860600.

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A Strategic Planning Framework for 2017

Happy New Year! As we usher in 2017, it's a great time to take stock of what's working and what's not for our business and commit to change. Strategic planning should be on every business owner's list of resolutions for the new year.

This blog discusses the 5 steps to ensure you have a solid strategy heading into 2017.

Are you hoping to invest more time into growing your business instead of getting bogged down by day-to-day business challenges?

Then this outline of a strategic planning template that will help you to craft your own strategic business plans is for you.

The Alternative Board’s Strategic Business Leadership® (SBL) process provides an effective framework for transforming your personal vision of your company into a clear and concise road map that will help to guide your organization’s response to every new challenge and opportunity. The SBL strategic planning process is designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses develop practical strategic plans with attainable, measurable goals.

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