Risk ID is basic to effective safety in the workplace.
UNSURE ABOUT HOW TO APPROACH RISK ASSESSMENT?
The HAZARD is the threat to safety, Say a rotating gear, roller etc on a piece of equipment
The RISK is likely hood of an injury to a worker, (including the seriousness of the injury) if the worker comes in contact with the gear or roller while its turning
If there are no controls, most likely pretty high risk of serious injury.
The CONTROL is what I do to either eliminate or minimise risk
Risk ID can be carried out asking “What if” questions
What if someone tripped over that or fell off there?
What if that fell or burst or Leaked?
What if the hydraulics failed while someone was walking underneath?
What if a customers child wandered into the work area by themselves?
You can complete the exercise with your workers, as they need to be involved
Now enter your findings into your firm’s risk register (This register documents : hazards, risks controls) Make your findings part of your firms everyday safe operation
When deciding on controls use what’s called the hierarchy of controls
Go here for more information on the hierarchy of controls and how to use :
(This link is in relation to Hazardous Substances, but the same principles are used for any risk in the workplace
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