Five Steps of Risks Assessment

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Step 1

Identify the Risks/Hazards

- walking around the workplace and looking at what could cause harm

- consulting workers and/or their representatives about any problems they have encountered.

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Step 2

Decide who might be harmed and how

- Young workers and trainees

- Temporary workers

- Night/shift workers

- Lone workers

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Step 3

Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions

- Think about how you can manage the risks of harm from work-related violence. That can mean avoiding a particular hazard altogether, reducing the likelihood or finding ways to make any harm that does occur less serious.

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Step 4

Record your findings and implement them

- You should have identified measures you are already taking to keep your staff safe, as well as actions that you could take to improve things further. You need to decide how you are going to put these actions in place.

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Step 5

Review your assessment and update if necessary

- Nothing stays the same for ever. By talking to your staff and monitoring incident rates and control measures, you will be able to judge whether your control measures are effective.

- Your risk assessment should be reviewed regularly to ensure that the risk of staff being harmed by work-related violence has not changed and that no further control measures are needed.

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