Risk asessment is one of the key elements covered in IOSH Managing Safely, and is a crucial step in eliminating or reducing the risks of injury or ill health in the workplace. However, the process does not need to be as complicated as you might think.
In short, a risk assessment is a document that will simply state:
As a starting point, I have laid out some common elements that you may wish to consider in a practical risk assessment. and preparations you can take to help you with the process. If you can do this properly, you are on your way to making the workplace safer and healthier.
Location – make a detailed diagram or word picture of your workplace including:
Equipment and chemicals, including:
You now hold a bank of information and are ready to start carrying out your risk assessment. I recommend the HSE’s Five Steps To Risk Assessment, and quantifying on a five by five matrix. Download the HSE template, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with me regarding IOSH Health and Safety training in Northern Ireland if you feel that this would be beneficial to your business.
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