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Health Safety and Environmental Risk Advisers Covering Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Brighton and Southern Areas
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Workplace Risk Assessments

Workplace Risk Assessments:

The fundamental cornerstone of an organisation’s health and safety arrangements is the identification of potentially hazardous areas and activities together with the health and safety risks to people involved in each of those areas and activities, having regard to health and safety law (Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 3).

Risk assessment is the process whereby hazards are identified on site.  The likelihood of the hazard resulting in harm is then assessed for each of the hazards.  The amount of risk can then be used to prioritise controls which will reduce the risk of injury.

Once the hazards have been identified, the first consideration is to determine whether it is possible to remove the hazard completely. Where it is not possible to remove the hazard cost or then it must be controlled.

The following steps detail the Risk Management approach to risk assessment: 

*       identifying the hazards
*       who might be harmed and how
*       evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions taking into account the legal requirements
*       recording the findings and implementing them
*       reviewing the assessment and updating as necessary

Clients would receive a comprehensive report detailing the recommended risk improvements with timescales for completion and the risk assessment record itself.

Task and Staff Risk Assessments:

By following the approach detailed above we can carryout risk assessments which relate to activities, use of equipment and employee specific hazards e.g. manual handling. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the risk assessments that we routinely undertake:

* Machinery / equipment risk assessments
* Manual handling risk assessments
* Lone working risk assessments
* COSHH assessments
* Display Screen Assessments (DSE) assessments
* Working at Height risk assessments
* Health and safety management systems

By adhering to the principles set out in the HSE publication - Successful Health and Safety Management [HS(G)65] we have developed user friendly health and safety management systems which cover:

* Policy
* Co-operation
* Communication
* Competence
* Planning and implementation
* Setting action plans
* Prioritising health and safety activities
* Hazard identification
* Risk assessment
* Risk control (hierarchy of control)
* Setting performance standards
* Measuring performance
* Audit

Contact Trevor Willcocks on 07748 114196