In order to protect the people in a workplace or environment under your control it is important to have a comprehensive risk assessment so that you can show you have mitigated any potential hazard or risk to health in the area. Risk management according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is “a step by step process for controlling health and safety risks caused by hazards in the workplace” meaning simply that any potential risk of injury must be managed and minimised wherever possible, along with a protocol in place in order to maintain prolonged safety.
In order to manage risks appropriately, a risk assessment should be written that is specific to your workplace and any potential events. As a key element of your workplace’s health & safety management, its main objective is to decide whether any measures are required in order to minimise the risk of injury. These measures must be put in place when a hazard is found in order to comply with the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 and any other regulations that are associated with it.
Why Is A Risk Assessment Important?
The main function of a risk assessment is to protect both the business and all of its employees by mitigating any potential hazards and complying with the law. This is why it is important to have a risk assessment completed before the commencement of work by your employees, to ensure they are safe to start work.
When new pieces of equipment are added or there is a change in the workplace, it is important to update the risk assessment document with the new information to ensure compliance with the law and the safety of your staff.
When conducting a risk assessment it is important that the person in charge of the document is trained and competent in identifying hazards around the workplace. Our courses train people to both identify and manage any potential risks you may come across in order to make your risk assessments as clear and comprehensive as possible.
How To Do A Risk Assessment
Risk Assessments should be very thorough and display the actions necessary to mitigate risks so that they can be actioned by the appropriate people. Risk assessments are a working document and therefore can change regularly based on new or evolving workplaces. In order to stay compliant with the law, they should be checked and changed regularly.
For your project, our qualified consultants will prepare and write a task-based risk assessment as well as a method statement. All of which is part of our risk assessment & method statement (RAMS) service.