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
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:
Planning and implementation
Setting action plans
Prioritising health and safety activities
Risk control (hierarchy of control)
Setting performance standards