Undertaking a risk assessment may sound like a daunting task, but you may not have considered that we undertake risk assessments without even knowing we are doing one.
A common example is crossing the road. You stop and look both ways. If a car is coming you estimate how fast it is going, and whether it is too close to walk in front of. If there is a pedestrian crossing you would use that instinctively. You assess the risks of the situation and then you cross.
This simple everyday task contains very similar steps to what you would take to do a risk assessment of your workplace, or tasks you undertake.
Here is a brief overview of how you undertake a simple risk assessment.
What is a Risk Assessment?
A risk assessment is an examination of a workplace or activity which identifies what might cause harm to people in order to determine whether reasonable steps are being taken to prevent such harm occurring.
The primary aim of a risk assessment is to prevent harm and reduce risk to an acceptable level.
Hazards and Risks
The key terms you need to understand when undertaking risk assessments are “Hazard” and “Risk”.
Five Steps of a Risk Assessment
Risk assessment should follow the five steps as follows:
We have a Risk Assessment Online course which covers these areas in more detail, and provides you with a certificate of competence. We also have a free risk assessment template which you can download here.
Your annual fire risk assessment, and risk assessments for higher risk tasks such as working in confined spaces and work at height, should be completed by a competent person. We can help you with this.
Now you have been provided with relevant information and a free template to help you on your way, why not give it a go?