According to the legislation in force, every employer must guarantee as well as possible the safety and the health of his employees. How to ensure that the regulatory framework is respected? A reminder of the obligations incumbent on the entrepreneur.
Evaluate risks to better prevent
Basic principle of the labor code: the employer is responsible for the safety of his employees and must make every effort to avoid risks, whether physical or psychosocial.
Depending on the sector of activity, the risks are diverse. Our core business, human monitoring, brings together many issues of work: precariousness, outsourcing, flexibility of time, isolation of employees … The psychosocial risks related to the job of security agent are not limited only through stress, depression and burnout but can also take the form of disorders of concentration, sleep or cause irritability, significant fatigue, nervousness. Work situations isolated from the job of safety officer are also physical risk factors: an assault or accident can occur at any time …
Realize the UDRA
It is up to the employer to make an assessment of these risks: to help him in this process, he can call his CHSCT if he has one, an external service provider, or a doctor from job. The results must then be integrated into the Unique Document of Risk Assessment (UDRA), to which any employee of the company may have access. Note that the labor code requires an annual update of the document to take into account any changes in the working conditions of employees. Failure to comply with these obligations implies that the manager is liable, subject to sanctions. A risk however taken by about 30% of French companies that do not have UDRA!
For its part, the SGP Group places Health and Safety at Work at the heart of its priorities. To this end, our Group, with the partnership of the CHSCT, has created UDRAs that reflect the risks by sector of activity. Based on this risk assessment, GROUPE SGP has set up a Management System for Health and Safety at Work (SMSST), thanks to various tools to have a continuous and structured approach. An approach that we formalized with the achievement of AFNOR OHSAS 18 001 certification since 2016.
Misunderstanding the risks: serious consequences for the employer
A sick leave following a work accident is expensive: the consequent indirect costs (replacement costs, possible training of the replacement, expenses to replace the possible equipment broken following the accident …) are three to five times greater than the direct costs!
Therefore, an imperfect knowledge of the risks by the entrepreneur can have serious consequences on the activity of the company. For example, 70% of companies that have experienced a fire departure are closing permanently. An alarming finding that points to the lack of training of employees in controlling fire starts. The challenge is to make the manager aware of the significant risks to which he exposes himself by not respecting the law or the recommendations of the various experts.
How to deal with risks?
Every company is exposed to different risks, so there is no single approach. Mandatory risk assessment is the first step in defining your needs and putting in place an appropriate action plan!