Risk Assessment PresentationBy Ian Hayward Safety Officer Hull City Council
Risk Assessment b What are Risk Assessments? b Who’s responsibility are they? b Why do we have to do them? b What risks should be assessed?
What are Risk Assessments? b A careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people. b The aim is to make sure no one gets hurt or becomes ill.
Who’s responsibility are they? Everybody’s Mainly management
Why do we have to do them? b So that no one is hurt or becomes ill. b Legal requirement. (Man. Reg 3) b Contract documentation. b Part of safety culture b Increase’s awareness. b Reduce claims b Increase morale
What risks should be assessed? Ignore the trivial and concentrate on significant hazards
What is a HAZARD? Anything with the potential to cause harm.
What is a risk? The likelihood of the harm being realised.
5 Steps Step 1Look for the hazards b Involve employees and safety reps b Hazards may include what ?
5 Steps Step 2 Decide who might be harmed and how. EmployeesCleanersVisitorsContractorsMaintenance Young persons/ Expectant Mothers etc.
5 Steps Step3 Evaluate the risks and decide whether existing controls are adequate or should more be done. b Safe Working Procedures b Reasonably practicable b Cost / benefit
5 Steps E.g. To reduce risk drive at 10 mph. b Reduce chance of crashing b Reduce injuries b Inconvenience to you & others b Outweighs the benefit b Not reasonably practicable
5 Steps Step4 If you employ five or more people you must record the significant findings of your assessment. Tell your employees about your findings. Tell your employees about your findings. Suitable and sufficient - not perfect. Suitable and sufficient - not perfect.
5 Steps Step5 Review your assessment and revise it if necessary. b New machines b New substances b New procedures
Revision b Look for the hazards b Decide who might be harmed b Evaluate the risks b Record your findings b Review your assessment Good health is good business. Good health is good business.