Following the introduction of employee health and safety legislation at the workplace, every organisation is legally obliged under Maltese legislation to carry out periodical risk assessments. Such risk assessments are necessary to identify and minimise occupational hazards, as well as the business impact that each has not only on employees but on the organisation as a whole.
- Becoming acquainted with the main provisions of the health and safety legislation and its’ applicability to the business environment
- Understanding the business importance of identifying occupational hazards
- To appreciate both employers’ as well as employees’ responsibilities in line with local health and safety legislation
- Being able to carry out the risk assessment process, recognising and quantifying hazards and their potential effects at the workplace
- Critically analysing the findings of a risk assessment, proposing courses of remedial action to deal with the identified hazards
Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for all managers, team leaders, supervisors and professionals who deal with human resources and/or health and safety matters within their organization, as well as anyone interested in obtaining further knowledge on the duties and obligations of both employers and employees in respect of health and safety matters.
Key Learning Competencies Emphasized
- Understanding the main relevant aspects of employment health and safety legislation
- How to determine and understand the severity and likelihood of identified hazards
- How to assess the business impact of such potential hazards
- Being able to put forward a report outlining not only identified hazards but also course(s) of action to minimize or eliminate such hazards
- Understanding the impact that such risk assessments has on the organizational culture
- Obtaining an insight into the potential costs that an organization may be liable to if proven negligent
Benefits from course: Personal Impact
Participants will be exposed to the main aspects of health and safety legislation, and will develop a better understanding of the nature and complexity of understanding and managing health and safety risks within an organisational context.
Benefits from course: Organisational Impact
Team leaders, managers and other professionals dealing with people issues and problems on a regular basis will surely be able to adopt a proactive approach to dealing with such issues, especially if these are linked to occupational health and safety. Proper people management solves operational issues that would have arisen, including health and safety issues, thus enabling management to focus on its’ performance in meeting key performance indicators. When managerial staff and other professionals adopt an awareness of office health and safety, they also benefit from increased self-confidence and respect from employees, underlining their responsibility and authority within the organisation.
The course uses a range of approaches to learning, including presentations, experiential group activities, individual exercises and mini-case studies.
Session 1 – Health and Safety Legislation
- Occupational Health and Safety Authority: legal rights and obligations
- Examples of real life health and safety issues at work
- Outline of the main employment health and safety legislation
- Understanding the employer’s rights and obligations
- Protecting employees’ rights and respecting their obligations
Session 2 – Identifying Occupational Hazards and Risks
- Identifying occupational hazards
- Understanding the severity and likelihood of hazards
- When do hazards become organisational risks?
- Looking for signs of hazards at the workplace
- The theory of the “near miss”
- Proper usage of appropriate signs at the workplace
- Case study: occupational health hazard in practice
- The psychological effects of assessing and identifying risks
Session 3 – Conducting Risk Assessments
- The nature and outcome of Risk Assessments
- Risk Assessments as an internal procedure – it is everyone’s responsibility!
- Assessing hazards and determining their risk factor
- Devising action plans to deal with identified risks
- Drawing up the Risk Assessment
- Case study: health and safety risk assessment
- The financial analysis of health and safety risk assessments
- Close of course
The objective of this course is to introduce the legal aspects and importance of carrying out occupational health and safety risk assessments at the workplace, identifying the business impact of such risk assessments, and the importance of changing the organisational mindset to being more aware of health and safety issues and near misses. Health and Safety at work is every employee’s responsibility, and the most successful organisations are those that are able to work consciously with accepted risks and make conscientious efforts to protect their employees from harm.