Risk Assessment Management Service

What are the benefits of assessing risk in the workplace?

Risk Assessment Services

Risk assessments are the most important method in effective health & safety performance for any business and is an extremely useful tool in the management of those risks in your organisation.

A health and safety risk assessment should be carried out on a regular basis by a competent and experienced person who will provide an independent evaluation and an objective assessment of your specific organisational risks.

The report resulting from the risk assessment will assist you in identifying areas where control measures or actions are needed. In addition to this a risk assessment can help your organisation to reduce risks to the lowest level, and assist in the development of a safe system of work.

What has to be risk assessed?

All planned operations need to have a safe system of work, whatever activities are carried out need to be assessed. It is good practice to adopt a method of risk evaluation to ensure that the necessary controls are in place before work starts.

Some current regulations have risk assessment written into its own specific regulations such as:-

  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
  • Display Screen Equipment Regulations and
  • Hand Arm Vibration Regulations

How are Risk Assessments carried out?

Risk assessments are carried out in a method of evaluation of the likelihood of an accident or incident occurring, multiplied by the severity of the injury.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed a system called the five steps to risk assessment, which you could use if your business has nothing in place. The five steps are:-

  • Look for the hazards.
  • Decide who might be harmed and in what circumstances.
  • Evaluate the risks, and the adequacy of existing controls.
  • Record the significant findings.
  • Review the assessment

What system of risk evaluation could I use?

Methods of evaluation can be in several different forms such as LOW, MEDIUM and HIGH or even a numerical method of evaluation; some companies use a traffic light system. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 does not state which method a business has to adopt. It is for the individual business to choose an effective method or system to deal with their specific industry foreseeable risks to health.

Contact MARCON SAFETY UK to discuss which system would most benefit your organisation.