Risk Assessment Basics

PPE - March 27, 2013 - 0 comments

There is fantastic guidance available, on both sides of the Atlantic, for your risk assessment work. Risk assessmants are particularly useful when assessing the requirement for personal protective equipment (PPE).

In the UK, the HSE has published guidance on risk assessment:

There is no set way of undertaking a risk assessment but the simplest and most straightforward way is to consider following the five steps in our leaflet: Five steps to risk assessment PDF[1].

  1. Identify the hazards
  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

The publication Five steps to risk assessment PDF[2]describes each of these steps in simple terms. It will help you focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace.

There is also a number of example risk assessments which show you what a completed risk assessment may look like for a range of different business types.  These examples can be used as a guide when completing your own. When thinking about recording your findings we also have a template Word document[4] which you can fill in to complete your risk assessment requirements.

If you work in a low risk office based environment you can complete your risk assessment quickly and easily by using HSE’s new web-based tool.  Here you can select the risks and actions that are relevant for your workplace and then save and print your completed risk assessment.

Remember a risk assessment is only effective if you and your staff act on the findings. It is important you follow through with any actions required and review the assessment on a regular basis.

Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.

In the US, OSHA has produced a useful Job Hazard Analysis Handbook.  U.S. Department of Labor.

Use the resources available to help you assess and deal with hazards and risks in your workplace.

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