If you had to list the extent of occupational hygiene risks that businesses currently face, how many could you name? The pandemic has brought several to the front of people’s minds, such as appropriate social distancing practices, but how many others could you list? Safe chemical handling and an ergonomically friendly office environment might spring to mind, but would others such as contaminant-free air, appropriate lighting, and compliant noise levels come to your mind? These are just some of the areas companies must address when implementing compliant occupational hygiene practices across worksites, and it is absolutely crucial that organisations address the scope of occupational hygiene risks that their business may be exposed to. Failing to do so could endanger their staff and customers, and see the business incur substantial fines. This article will discuss how an effective occupational hygiene audit can protect companies from these risks.
Effective, compliant occupational hygiene practices across an operations work at achieving the goals of measuring and controlling occupational health risks across worksites. It is an ongoing process, where businesses must develop evaluation processes to periodically track the extent of staff exposure to a range of elements, and ascertain whether the exposure levels meet safe, compliant standards.
An occupational hygiene audit makes this process easy for businesses
By undergoing an occupational hygiene audit, with a certified occupational hygienist, businesses are working to ensure that their worksites are safe from all manner of occupational hygiene risks, providing their staff and customers with a reassurance about their safety whilst onsite, and developing successful strategies for managing occupational hygiene challenges. Some of the challenges organisations may face when working to ensure all their occupational hygiene practices are meeting their compliance obligations, can include:
- Fully identifying the extent of occupational hygiene risks their business faces: As discussed above, businesses are exposed to a wide range of occupational hygiene risks daily. Depending on factors such as the business industry, size, work environment, and so on, certain companies may be exposed to particular risks that others are not exposed to. However, failing to identify and safeguard against just one hygiene risk can endanger staff safety, and put the entire operations at risk. Therefore, it is crucial for companies to conduct a thorough occupational hygiene audit of their worksites, to ensure that all occupational hygiene risks are identified and controlled.
- Developing control measures for ensuring hygiene risks never exceed compliant levels: Even if it is ruled that a business is successfully controlling their occupational hygiene risks, and ensuring they do not exceed compliant levels, this does not necessarily prevent these same risks exceeding compliant levels in the future. Therefore, it is crucial that organisations have appropriate control measures in place for managing these risks, and keeping people safe in the process. A certified occupational hygienist can provide businesses with a clear action plan for controlling these risks, and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to safety.
- Ensuring that their occupational hygiene practices comply with relevant workplace legislation: Businesses across the country have been operating in a highly uncertain environment for the past 18 months. Workplace obligations and safety requirements are frequently changing in accordance with COVID restrictions, and businesses have a responsibility to keep up with their compliance obligations. An occupational hygiene audit helps businesses with this process, as all their occupational hygiene practices are measured against relevant legislation, to ascertain whether they are successfully meeting their responsibilities. If not, companies will be provided with clear instructions about what steps they need to take to achieve compliance.
Occupational health and hygiene is a crucial safety matter that must be appropriately addressed
For any business wondering what the right time is to undergo an occupational hygiene audit of their worksites, the answer is simple; as soon as possible. By delaying, you risk exposing people to a range of occupational hygiene threats and, in the process, risk exposing your business to non-compliance fines. In an already challenging marketplace, this can severely damage the overall reputation of an organisation, and give the edge to a competitor.
Get this process started by contacting our specialist consultants
Reading this article has probably left you wanting to know more about compliant occupational hygiene practices, and how your business can successfully achieve them. Please contact our specialist consultants today by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1300 802 163 for a short, obligation-free consultation about undergoing an occupational hygiene audit, and how it will help your business successfully achieve a range of operational objectives.
As stated previously, the specific occupational hygiene risks a business may be exposed to will depend upon several factors, so by discussing your operations with our consultants, including its industry, worksite specifics, how many staff usually work onsite, and so on, they will be able to clearly explain to you how an occupational hygiene audit could help your company stay compliant and competitive. They can then arrange for a certified occupational hygienist to travel to your worksite, under COVID-Safe conditions, to conduct this audit at your earliest convenience. Doesn’t that sound like something worth picking up the phone for?
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