Conducting, Recording and Reviewing
In relation to any task, process, situation, activity, article or substance, risk assessment should inform the relevant employer or duty holder about the hazards, agents of harm and risks that are actually and potentially associated with it. The assessment should specify who can be harmed (or what could be damaged), how the harm and/or damage can occur and the controls necessary to reduce risk to the required level. Conducted properly, and provided controls are appropriate, effectively implemented and monitored, assessments address legal obligations and, for instance, matters raised by moral and economic arguments. As well as assisting the drive to reduce accidents, injury, ill-health, disease and property damage, risk assessments can provide greater understanding of the mechanisms of exposure and the types of accident that can occur.
The following resource will assist risk assessors and/or those seeking to understand the general risk assessment and review process, related terms, definitions and considerations. It will also assist accident investigators who need to enquire into the method and suitability of assessments as part of their investigations or when potential improvement opportunities have been identified.
Where the resource mentions harm to people, the process and methods described are equally applicable to damage i.e. to equipment, building, assets, the environment etc.
Whilst the legislation cited is specific to England & Wales, a professional application of the resource will assist compliance in any Country.
CONTENTS OF THIS RESOURCE
Hazard – Defined
Risk – Defined
Assessing the Full Extent of the Risk
Evaluating the Existing Controls
Suitable and Sufficient Risk Assessment
GENERAL HAZARD CATEGORIES, HEALTH RISKS AND AGENTS OF HARM
ACUTE AND CHRONIC EFFECTS
EXAMPLES OF HAZARDS AND SOME OF THEIR POTENTIAL RISKS (1)
SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS AND SPECIAL CASES
IDENTIFYING PEOPLE AT RISK
TYPES OF ACCIDENT
Accident – Defined
Near-miss – Defined
Incident – Defined
Dangerous Occurrence – Defined
Occupational ill-health – Defined
CONDUCTING A RISK ASSESSMENT
METHODS OF EVALUATING (RANKING OR RATING) RISK
THE PRINCIPLES OF PREVENTION
EXAMPLES OF HAZARDS AND SOME OF THEIR POTENTIAL RISKS (2)
Exercise: Risk Assessment for Hand Held Petrol Driven Chainsaw
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