Risk assessments have been a legal compliance issue for decades now. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here are some basic tips for good risk assessments. For further advice or support, or training, contact us today and see how KSH Safety Services can help you.
When identifying hazards, think about previous accidents, near misses and incidents, about how people work, and watch for short cuts that people take in tasks and procedures. These behaviours can influence the risk level of hazards. Also, think of the capabilities of the people doing the tasks.
Make sure that the assessments take into account the design of work areas, processes, installations, machinery and other equipment, and adaptations to human capabilities.
Gather information from various sources – including, for example, the location, those doing the job, suppliers / manufacturer’s information, procedures, , other agencies and interested parties.
Make sure you cover environmental conditions such as weather (including adverse hot / cold / wet / icy weather), lighting, noise, humidity, temperature, wind speed, as applicable.
Are there any issues that will affect vulnerable groups, such as disabled, young, pregnant or nursing mothers, the elderly, etc.?