Risk assessment template

Risk assessment template

risk assessment template

risk assessment template

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What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is simply the detection and consideration of what could go wrong when performing certain work activity, what and if, is the possible harm to employees or the public and what should be done so those risks and hazards are avoided. Essentially it is a written plan of the correct way to do a job and a basic tool to protect the health and safety the workforce.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 stipulates that “ a suitable and sufficient risk assessment should be carried out of every risk to employees”. Apart from the day-to-day tasks which need to be assessed, occasionally there are some jobs for which the possible risks involved in them need to be considered as well.

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There are different types of risk assessments in accordance with the various industries and types of tasks . The oil, rail and military industries have a large history of performing risk assessments. Also medical, food and construction industries are dealing with such tasks on a daily basis. Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the UK are suffering from more serious injuries which happened at the workplace, that’s why a risk assessment is an important measure to reduce and avoid accidents, by evaluating the risks, eliminating or reducing them and giving guidance to the employee for which is the best possible way to do the particular job.

When conducting an assessment from a risk assessment template the person who is performing it, either should be a health and safety advisor, manager or experienced employee who should take into consideration the person completing the job, what is the age, experience, training and qualification, and ideally, the operative should be involved in creating the assessment.

It is true, that in many occasions, work organization and quality have benefited from assessments, because apart from identifying the risks and hazards and by finding the correct way to avoid and reduce them, the actual performance is made more efficient, productive and of course more secure.

So it does save money as well as ensuring people's safety.

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Most small and medium-sized companies have enough knowledge of the hazards involved in their activities and most of the time could perform their own assessments using a simple risk assessment template, following few simple steps.

Of course it is always important to look for professional help if you are unsure.

Usually larger companies have consultants on site for such tasks or qualified and trained employees who can advise and perform assessments however there are some occasions when this simple guide and questions could be enough to complete it yourself.

1. Identifying the hazards. A hazard is anything that can cause harm, such as electricity, chemicals, trailing cables, etc. Be careful not to overlook certain hazards, because of being used to the environment and the task in hand. Consider long-term hazards such as continuous exposure to chemicals and so on.

2. Who could get harmed and how.- Identify the people who possibly can suffer an injury, considering contractors, workers not present at the moment, members of the public. Describe what the type of possible injury or ill-health could be.

3. Evaluate the risks (the risk is the chance , high or low that somebody, employee or member of the public, could suffer a harm) and the possible consequences (slightly harmful, harmful or extremely harmful)

* Trivial risk- No action is required and no documentary records need to be kept.

* Tolerable risk- No additional controls are required, although consideration may be given to a more cost-effective solution to the problem. Monitoring is necessary to ensure controls are maintained.

* Moderate risk- Risk reduction measures should be implemented with a defined dead line for their implementation. If the moderate risk is associated with extremely harmful consequences, there is need of improved control measures, monitoring and further assessment.

* Substantial risk- Work should not be started until the risk has been reduced.

* Intolerable risk- Work should not be started or continued, until the risk has been reduced. If not possible to reduce the risk work should remain prohibited.

4. Record all the finding and solutions and implement them.

5. Review of the assessment and update if necessary.

Try to involve the staff at all stages, keep a simple and clear language when writing it, easy to understand by everybody. And remember that improvements and possible costs originated from reducing the risks at your office or factory, doesn’t need to be high.

Try to improve and reduce risks at the same time little by little, even if you have a HSE inspection meanwhile, if genuine effort for improvements has been made, you will be rewarded.

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