Health and Safety Job Monitoring
Health and safety in the workplace is always an on-going process, and can never be declared as finished. Even after completing all necessary steps like performing risk assessments, writing health and safety policies, providing health and safety training to members of staff etc it is still of critical importance that effective monitoring systems are put into place not only to ensure that the controls that have been introduced are doing what they should be in terms of keeping people safe and preventing accidents, but also to ensure that any changes in the workplace have not made any existing safety controls redundant and introduced new risks which were not previously dealt with by the original measures.
Another reason for monitoring to take place as a person does a job is because some problems and issues only become apparent after a certain amount of time has elapsed. The most obvious example of this is manual handling issues where the operator may feel perfectly fine when they first start a task but after a little time start to become uncomfortable and experience pain. It will then be necessary for the task, load or workstation to be altered and adapted in some way.
A job will also need to be monitored carefully whenever a new starter begins, as the safety measures which were in place to suit one person may not be suitable for another, e.g. the protective equipment may have been tailored to the specifications of the previous employee and do not fit the new person. If this is the case it may not provide the protection that is required or expected.