The fundamental cornerstone of an organisation’s health and safety arrangements is the identification of potentially hazardous areas and activities. This works together with identifying any health and safety risks to people involved in each of those areas and activities, ensuring they have regard to the health and safety law (Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 3).
Risk assessment is the process whereby hazards are identified on site. The likelihood of the hazard resulting in harm is then assessed for each of the hazards. The amount of risk can then be used to prioritise controls which will reduce the risk of injury.
Once the hazards have been identified, the first consideration is to determine whether it is possible to remove the hazard completely. Where it is not possible to remove the hazard then implement a safe system of works that’s cost effective or then it must be controlled.
The following steps detail the HSE standard approach to risk assessment:
• Identify the hazards.
• Identify who might be harmed and how.
• Evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions taking into account the legal requirements.
• Recording the findings and implementing them.
• Reviewing the assessment and updating as necessary.
Clients would receive a comprehensive report detailing the recommended risk improvements with timescales for completion and the risk assessment record itself.