After reading this chapter you should be able to: 1.explain the aims and objectives of risk assessment 2.identify hazards by means of workplace inspection and analysis of tasks 3.explain the principles and practice of risk assessment. Risk Assessment
Figure 5.1 Risk assessment Or find an alternative to fitting a wall mounted boiler Do not reach over work top Fit boiler before worktop with assistance
Figure 5 For a lone worker special arrangements are required Risk assessment should consider: does the particular workplace present a special risk to someone working alone? is there safe egress and exit from the workplace? can all the equipment and substances be safely handled by one person? is violence from others a risk? would women and young persons be specially at risk? is the worker medically fit and suitable for working alone? are special training and supervision required? has the worker access to first aid?
Risk assessment matrix Likelihood of Occurrence Likelihood Level Harm is certain or near certain to occur High 3 Harm will often occur Medium 2 Harm will seldom occur Low 1 Severity of Harm Severity Level Death or major injury (as defined by RIDDOR) Major 3 3 day injury or illness (as defined by RIDDOR) Serious 2 All other injuries or illnesses Slight 1 Risk = Severity x Likelihood LikelihoodSeverity Slight 1Serious 2Major 3 Low 1Low (1)Low (2)Medium( 3) Medium 2Low (2)Medium (4)High (6) High 3Medium (3)High (6)High (9)