5 Risk Assessments
Pay Close Attention!
- Identify the hazards: One of the most important aspects of your risk assessment is accurately identifying the potential hazards in your workplace. A good starting point is to walk around your workplace and think about any hazards. In other words, what is it about the activities, processes or substances used that could injure your employees or harm their health?
- data sheets for chemicals and equipment
Look back at your accident and ill-health records
- these often help to identify the less obvious hazards
Take account of non-routine
Remember to think about long-term hazards to health
- Decide who might be harmed and how: Think how employees might be harmed. Ask your employees what they think the hazards are, as they may notice things that are not obvious to you and may have some good ideas on how to control the risks. For each hazard you need to be clear about who might be harmed; it will help you identify the best way of controlling the risk. That doesn't mean listing everyone by name, but rather identifying groups of people.
- Evaluate the risks: Having identified the hazards, you then have to decide how likely it is that harm will occur; the level of risk and what to do about it. Risk is a part of everyday life and you are not expected to eliminate all risks. What you must do is make sure you know about the main risks and the things you need to do to manage them responsibly. Some practical steps you could take include: trying a less risky option. preventing access to the hazards. organising work to reduce exposure to the hazard. issuing protective equipment. providing welfare facilities such as first aid and washing facilities. involving and consulting workers.
Review your risk assessment: Review Few workplaces stay the same. Sooner or later, you will bring in new equipment, substances and procedures that could lead to new hazards. So it makes sense to review what you are doing on an ongoing basis, look at your risk assessment again and ask yourself. Have there been any significant changes? Are there improvements you still need to make? Have your workers spotted a problem? Have you learnt anything from accidents or near misses?
Record your findings: Make a record of your significant findings - the hazards, how people might be harmed by them and what you have in place to control the risks. Any record produced should be simple and focused on controls. A proper check was made, you asked who might be affected. you dealt with all the obvious significant hazards, taking into account the number of people who could be involved. the precautions are reasonable, and the remaining risk is low you involved your employees or their representatives in the process