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Understand Risk Assessment Easily
As an employer, manager, or someone who is responsible for health and safety in your workplace, you probably know that Risk Assessment is an important process that you have to take seriously. The question is, how does it work in practice, and how can you make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your workplace safe and compliant with the law?
What is Risk Assessment?
You might be trying to understand what Risk Assessment is all about, and how it applies to your workplace. Basically, Risk Assessment is an evaluation of the health and safety needs and procedures of your business, and will help you make sure you are doing the best to maintain a healthy working environment.
It’s a positive and proactive way of making sure that you are aware of What is a Hazard, the risks involved in your work, who you are protecting, and what Risk Assessment Control Measures are, or should be, in place to make sure things run safely and smoothly. It’s also an efficient way of keeping a record of where you’re up to, for future reference. If you check and document your workplace health and safety systematically, you’ll be fine.
Take a look at 5 Steps to Risk Assessment to get a straightforward overview of the general process. If your work involves some specific risks, you might also be interested in finding out about Fire Risk Assessment, Manual Handling Risk Assessment, and Working at Height Risk Assessment.
Why is Risk Assessment important?
Your priority is protecting the health and wellbeing of the people you work with, including yourself, your staff and co-workers, and any visitors, clients, or members of the public that come into contact with your business. Risk Assessment is all about figuring out how best to go about this.
Showing that you care about health and safety, and are prepared to invest the time, money, and effort into Risk Assessment will also benefit your reputation as a compassionate and professional employer. If your organisation has five or more employees, a formal Risk Assessment is a legal requirement, but even in a smaller business it is best practice to take a thorough approach to keeping your business safe and healthy. Taking action to prevent and minimise any harm happening to people will also help protect your business assets, reputation, and legal standing.
To find out more about the legal requirements, and other benefits of Risk Assessment, check out Is Risk Assessment a legal requirement? You can also get an idea of how Risk Assessment helps to protect people from 7 Examples of Eliminating Hazards.
How can you get started with Risk Assessment?
First of all, don’t panic! There is plenty of help available to help you through the Risk Assessment process. If you follow the information available in these blogs, you can feel confident in making Risk Assessment a standard part of your business practice.
A good place to start is by following a template that you can use as a checklist to make sure you remember where you’re up to. I have broken the stages of Risk Assessment down for you in Basic Risk Assessment Template: A Step By Step Guide and you are welcome to download my free Risk Assessment Template to use or adapt for your purposes. To make sure your Risk Assessments are up-to-date, you might also want to know How often do Risk Assessments need to be reviewed?
You’ll also want to make sure you don’t get tripped up by any loose ends. To keep on top of day-to-day hazards as they arise, and to complement your regular formal Risk Assessment procedure, you might also need to find out about Dynamic Risk Assessment. Don’t forget about having a Risk Assessment Audit to check if your procedure needs to be updated.
I hope these blogs can help you feel more at ease about Risk Assessment. The information is all here at your fingertips to help you understand what Risk Assessment involves and feel comfortable getting set up. You can also feel confident that support is available at every step, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want specialised and practical advice from a health and safety expert to get you on the right track.
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