A risk assessment is a methodical inspection of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm.
Workers and the public have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures. In many organisations, the risks are well known and the necessary control measures are easy to apply. You probably already know whether, for example, you have employees who move heavy loads and so could harm their backs, or where people are most likely to slip or trip. If so, check that you have taken reasonable precautions to avoid injury.
The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as is ‘reasonably practicable’.
Five Steps to Risk Assessment:
1. Identify the hazard
2. Decide who might be harmed and how
3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precaution
4. Record your findings and implement them
5. Review your assessment and update if necessary
Any business, charity or organisation with five or more employees/volunteers is legally required to have fully documented policies and assessments in relation to a huge amount of current legislative requirements.
The onus is on the organisation to prove that its measures are ‘suitable’ and ‘sufficient’. Following the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act, gone are the days when senior management could delegate the responsibility for H and S to a lowly employee who is over tasked and underfunded.
Several prosecutions of managing directors and senior managers has caused the penny to drop, that H and S is necessary and that organisations must comply. However, due to adverse media coverage and the fact that H and S guidelines are often quoted by insurers, erroneously, to justify higher charging, the real requirements have become tarnished and the compliance lines blurred.
Real H and S is about assisting people to carry out things safely and within the bounds of acceptable risks from hazards. All organisations have such hazards and therefore they need to address them with sensible policies and guidelines.
Precision are experts in assessing your needs and requirements. We provide a very personal service and seek to get to know your organisation, because only by doing so can we help you effectively. We use many tools that we have developed personally to make your compliance efforts as simple as possible.