- Identify the hazards.
- Decide who can be harmed and what the cause of harm will be.
- Evaluate the risks and where required, decide on the appropriate safeguards.
- Record significant findings and implement.
- Review, assess and update where necessary. ¹
To control risks in the workplace the cause must first be identified. Anything that can cause harm to people is associated as a risk and therefore steps should be taken to prevent the harm from occurring. This process is called ‘Risk Assessment’ and according to the law, companies with over 5 employees are obliged to carry these out.
A Risk Assessment should not cause unnecessary paperwork, it is about identifying sensible measures to control the risks.
How to assess the risks
To carry out a Risk Assessment, persons are not required to be a health and safety specialist and many organisations allow for competent personnel to carry out the assessment themselves.
When considering a Risk Assessment there are two basic principles to consider:
- Hazard – Relates to anything that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, hydraulics, power tools etc.
- Risk – The chance that somebody could be harmed by the hazards, together with an indication of how serious the harm could be, high or low.
Evaluate the Risks
What is it about the activities/processes used that could injure employees or harm their health?
There are some hazards with a recognised harm risk such as working at height, moving parts on machinery etc.
Once the hazards have been identified the level of risk has to be evaluated, so look at the level of risk the process can cause. When considering daily activities, it is impossible to eliminate all risks, however, focus must be on the main risks and how these can best be managed responsibly.
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