Risk Assessment -Controlling the risks in the workplace
The risk assessment process – the start of the health and safety management approach – is not done well or not done at all, the appropriate preventive measures are unlikely to be identified or put in place.
What is Risk Assessment?
Risk assessment is a term used to describe the overall process or method where you:
Identify hazards and risk factors that have the potential to cause harm (hazard identification).
Analyze and evaluate the risk associated with that hazard (risk analysis, and risk evaluation).
Determine appropriate ways to eliminate the hazard, or control the risk when the hazard cannot be eliminated (risk control).
A risk assessment is a thorough look at your workplace to identify those things, situations, processes, etc. that may cause harm, particularly to people. After identification is made, you analyze and evaluate how likely and severe the risk is. When this determination is made, you can next, decide what measures should be in place to effectively eliminate or control the harm from happening.
"Occupational health and safety - Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control" uses the following terms:
Risk assessment – the overall process of hazard identification, risk analysis, and risk evaluation.
Hazard identification – the process of finding, listing, and characterizing hazards.
Risk analysis – a process for comprehending the nature of hazards and determining the level of risk.
Following are the important things to consider when Risk analysis is carried out:
(1) Risk analysis provides a basis for risk evaluation and decisions about risk control.
(2) Information can include current and historical data, theoretical analysis, informed opinions, and the concerns of stakeholders.
(3) Risk analysis includes risk estimation.
Risk evaluation – the process of comparing an estimated risk against given risk criteria to determine the significance of the risk.
Risk control – actions implementing risk evaluation decisions.
Note: Risk control can involve monitoring, re-evaluation, and compliance with decisions.
Why is a Risk important?
Risk assessments are very important as they form an integral part of an occupational health and safety management plan. They help to:
Create awareness of hazards and risk.
Identify who may be at risk (e.g., employees, cleaners, visitors, contractors, the public, etc.).
Determine whether a control program is required for a particular hazard.
Determine if existing control measures are adequate or if more should be done.
Prevent injuries or illnesses, especially when done at the design or planning stage.
Prioritize hazards and control measures.
Meet legal requirements where applicable.
Quest Certification Cambodia offer expert Occupational Health and Safety Risk Assessment tailored to your organisational needs. We aim to provide a first-class standard of service through the use of experienced, qualified professional consultants and instructors. We can ensure your organisation complies with current legislation and best practice whilst minimizing the risk to employees and the business alike.
This is achieved by providing a flexible, cost-effective service, tailored to your unique needs with practical advice that will ultimately allow YOU to manage the risks associated with your business without incurring excessive costs.
•Safety Policy & Arrangement Development
•Safety Audits, Advisories and Site Inspections
•All Types of Risk Assessments undertaken – Fire, Environment, Construction site, HSE, Manual Handling & COSHH
•Method Statements and Safe Systems of Work Development
•Training Seminars and Training Workshops Undertaken