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Risk Assessment At The Workplace

Updated on April 10, 2017
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Ashish Dadgaa is a young entrepreneur with 7 years of experience in the business environment. He writes about business strategies & secrets.

Risk assessment is a very useful element; it is not just for ‘paper exercise’ to satisfy health and safety legislation. Risk Assessment is an essential requirement for businesses. If an employer keeps health and safety risk assessment just for a sake of paper exercise than he might put his employees, customers, and organization in danger. He should be aware of all work activities which could cause harm and he should decide suitable action against it.

As a company progresses, it brings in new equipment, substances, and methods, which could lead to new hazards. Thus, a company needs to carry out a risk assessment and find out whether they are improving or sliding back. Do they need any action against hazards? It is not possible to point out the significant hazard without a risk assessment.

The risk assessment means, an employer can manage the risk correctly, which is faced by his employees and assure that their health and safety are not at risk while at work. In other words, risk assessment is a systematic method of analyzing work activities, considering what would be the hazard and choose a suitable action to prevent injury and accidents in the workplace.

Under health and safety law, prime responsibility goes to employers. Carrying out a risk assessment is the essential, preventing injury and accidents to employee and members of the public. Injury and accident could harm the employer’s business if its output is lost, damage to equipment or employees death. As per Health and Safety Executive risk assessment record should show, check of significant hazards, who could be affected by it and a reasonable precaution to be taken.

Purpose

The purpose of a risk assessment is to analyze the hazards so that suitable measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate it before the accident happens and as it might cause damage or injury to anyone.

These measures involve:

  • Prevention of any job which can cause injury or illness to works
  • Providing health and safety training to employees
  • Providing health and safety information to all members of organization

Use of Risk Assessment

The risk assessment should be applied and structured in as such a way that, its full utilization can be achieved, and it helps an employer to:

  • Analyze the hazards at work and assess the risks associated with it and conclude the actions which should take to protect the health and safety of their workers.
  • Examine the risks in order to make an excellent selection of equipment and chemical substances.
  • Prioritize measures if further actions are found to be essential due to assessment.

Health and Safety at Work

etc. Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 also known as HASAW or HSW. In the United Kingdom, It is the prime piece of legislation containing occupational health and safety. The Health and Safety Executive is authoritative for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.

The ain provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Acts 1974 are as follows:

1

Provisions of this part will have effect with Preliminary.

  • Protecting the health, safety and welfare of employees at work;
  • Securing general public’s health and safety against the risk;
  • Controlling the utilisation of highly flammable and other explosive substance or preventing possession of such hazardous substance.
  • Controlling the emission of any noxious or dangerous gas or substance into the atmosphere

2

The provisions of this part correlating to the preparation of health and safety regulations, agricultural health and safety regulations and making and approval of codes of practice, which will have effect with viewing to allowing the enactments designated in the third column of Schedule-1 and outlined to maintain the level of health, safety and welfare developed by those enactment.

3

The risk arising in connection with the activities of an employee at work. It will be treated as risks attributable to the approach of controlling an attempt, the substance or plant utilized for the purposes of attempting and the circumstances of premises so utilized or any part of them.

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      Ashish Dadgaa 3 months ago

      @Sakina,

      Thank you so much dear :) I am glad that you liked this article :)

      Thanks for the motivational comment :)

      Bless you :)

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      Sakina Nasir 3 months ago from Kuwait

      Great hub Ashish, my dear friend. This is going to be so helpful and really well written. God bless you! :)

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      Ashish Dadgaa 4 months ago

      @manatita,

      Thank you so much :)

      Good Luck :)

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      Ashish Dadgaa 4 months ago

      @Dora,

      Thank you so much for your constant support and feedback. :)

      Yes, those factors are essential for everyone's safety.

      I hope people find this helpful :)

      Bless you.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Nice. I have to do this every year. It's Mandatory. We cover it in greater detail, but then I'm a nurse. I see you used a patient example. Cool!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Voted helpful. An awareness of the company's progress, the health and safety of the employers and all the other factors you mention are very important.