Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment
A Risk Assessment involves a few simple steps:

Identify Hazards:
Anything that has the potential to cause harm.

Assess the Level of Risk for each Hazard:
The likelihood and degree of harm from each hazard, taking into account the individual, the task involved and the environment.

Control Measures to Avoid or Reduce the Risk:
Elimination of risk is the best outcome of a risk assessment, this may be possible through mechanisation or automation. If the risk cannot be eliminated then it must be reduced. Determine whether or not ‘reasonably practicable’ control measures are in place for each risk. Always aim for risk avoidance, control at source or risk reduction before selecting controls which rely only on use of personal protective equipment and training.

Record your findings in writing and communicate them to employees and others affected.

Review your assessments to check that you are achieving adequate risk control. Remember, the aim is to learn from experience to ensure that you are addressing all sources of foreseeable harm to your workforce and visitors – and that you are taking all ‘reasonably practicable’ steps to prevent it happening.

Risk Assessment : Common workplace hazards:

•  Manual handling

•  Noise

•  Slips, trips & falls

•  Vibration

•  Working at height

•  Biological hazards

•  Repetitive manual work

•  Hand tools

•  Flammable gases

•  Repetitive manual work

•  Electricity•  Transport

•  Machinery/work equipment

•  Violence

•  Confined spaces

•  Display Screen Equipment


noun_delivery_189114 A simple hand trolley can reduce the risks involved in carrying a load over distance.

noun_forklift_40662 A forklift eliminates the risk.