Health Risk Management
Our 5 Steps to Occupational Health Risk Management are:
1. Identify your health hazards and employees at risk
You need to understand what the health hazards are and who are exposed to them. Consider the risk to the health of your employees in the circumstances in which they work. If there is a risk, you need to do a risk assessment.
You may need to take some exposure measurements to help with the risk assessment. Our occupational hygienist can undertake air monitoring or noise surveys to provide you with the information you need for your risk assessments.
2. Control the risks so far as reasonably practicable.
It may be as simple as:
- moving the health hazard out of an open plan area such as putting a welding bay in a different area of the factory to limit exposure to welding fume;
- wearing the right type of gloves to prevent strike through from glove degradation;
- rotating jobs between employees to reduce muscle fatigue;
- pouring into a shute from a lower height; or
- swapping a leak detection spray for an ultrasound detector to avoid skin contamination.
Personal protective equipment need to be suitable and sufficient. It is essential to ensure that face masks and gloves are the right type for the nature of the hazard (fume / dust / solvent etc.) and fit correctly – one size doesnt fit all and employees using negative pressure masks (such as a simple dust mask) should have a face fit test to demonstrate that the mask fits correctly. Hearing protection should attenuate to 70 decibels and no more.
3. Provide information instruction and training to employees about their role in the management of the risk.
Employees need to understand their safe systems of work and how to protect themselves from health risks. Information, instruction and training need to be provided on a regular basis and meet the needs of the employees.
Peritus Health Management provides support with tool box talks and training to ensure employees understand the risk and their role in managing it. We can also work with your employees to create health risk champions who can help you manage your risks in the future.
4. Health surveillance
Health surveillance is required where we have answered ‘yes’ to all the questions below:
- Is the work know to damage health in some particular way?
- Are there reliable ways of detecting the disease or condition?
- Is it reasonable likely that damage to health may occur under the particular conditions at work?
- Is surveillance likely to benefit the employee?
Peritus Health Management provides both on and off site health surveillance for the full range of health risks, including:
- Respiratory surveillance for allergen, irritant and dust exposure;
- Hearing tests for those exposed to noise above 80dB(A);
- Hand-arm vibration screening – levels 1 – 4 for those exposed to vibration levels of more than the action levels;
- Skin surveillance for those exposed to carcinogens, allergens, irritants, and mechanical forces;
- Biological (blood and urine) screening for specific chemical exposures;
- Vision screening for those working with display screen equipment.
You need to review all steps taken to manage risk to ensure that they have had the desired outcome.
Peritus Health Management will provide you with a report which summarises the work we have done on your behalf and helps you identify the priorities for the future.