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HAZARD ID & RISK ASSESSMENT

Before you embark on risk assessments, you want your whole team on the same page regarding the process.

The most common cause of risk assessment failure is am improper definition of goals.

A hazard is something that can cause harm. It may involve conditions or procedures.

Examples include

Energy sources like electricity, traffic, chemicals, heights, noise, a keyboard, a bully, heat, cold etc.


Procedures include

Entering confined spaces. working at height, working in excavations, hurrying, working around equipment, repetitive movements etc.

A risk is the chance, high or low, that hazard will actually cause electrocution, bodily impacts, sprains, strains, crushing, deafness, stress, suffocation etc.

Risk assessments can work backwards from your accident/injury experience to look at causation. This assumes the investigations are successful in identifying cause.

Risk assessments can also work forward by identifying the potential for catastrophic and costly mistakes, and where and when they might occur.

Finally, it is possible to measure the level of risk before and after controls are imposed, to ensure the right procedure is being implemented the right way

Give us a free call to talk about where you are in this process and how we might help.