As part of managing the Health and Safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm. This is known as Risk Assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.
A Risk Assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace . You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your Risk Assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.
Think about how accidents and ill health could happen and concentrate on real risks – those that are most likely and which will cause the most harm.
For some risks, other regulations require control measures. Your assessment can help you identify where you need to look at certain risks and these control measures in more detail. These control measures do not have to be assessed separately but can be considered as part of, or an extension of your overall Risk Assessment.
Why do a Risk Assessment?
A person from your organisation needs to complete Risk Assessment training. It will ensure that this person is competent within your organisation and will gain abilities such as hazard identification and the ability to categorise and evaluate the risk. These abilities will allow a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to be conducted within your own organisation.
How to do a Risk Assessment
Employers have a duty to assess the Health and Safety risks faced by their workers. Your employer must systematically check for possible physical, mental, chemical and biological hazards.
Identify the hazards
In order to identify hazards, you need to understand the difference between a hazard and a risk. A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm and a risk is the likelihood of potential harm being realised.
Decide who might be harmed
Once you have identified the hazards you need to understand who might be harmed and how, such as ‘people working in the warehouse’, or members of the public.
Evaluate the risks and decide on control measures
After identifying the hazards and deciding who might be harmed and how you are then required to protect the people from harm. The hazards can either be removed completely or the risks controlled so that injury is unlikely.
Record your findings
Your risks should be recorded; it is a legal requirement to do so when there are 5 or more employees. This shows that you have identified the hazards, decided who could be harmed and how, and shows how you plan to eliminate the risks and hazards.
It is essential to keep your employees safe and avoid any risks or harm that the workplace can bring. Safety Media’s Risk Management tool is more than just conducting annual risk assessments; this feature offers both Risk Assessment and Risk Checklists within the Learning Management System.
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