Let’s be clear on what a risk assessment is!
BTW you might want to see this article on risk assessments.
Health and Safety – It’s all about HAZARDS.
A Hazard is anything that can cause harm to people or affect their health.
Hazards are the REASON for health and safety.
No Hazard Here? Then, No Health & Safety Required Here!
A risk assessment is a method of FINDING hazards, assessing their risk (the likelihood of them occurring and the consequences if they do). Next, working out how to eliminate or reduce the risk (control measures).
It’s HAZARDS that maim, hurt and kill people!
Identifying hazards, assessing their risk and controlling them is Health & Safety 101.
You don’t have health and safety management unless you can identify known and potential hazards. It’s impossible.
Almost daily, in every country in the world, businesses are losing court cases. They get prosecuted because they either did not have a risk assessment, or it was not relevant to what was happening on the job.
Failing to monitor a risk assessment to ensure the controls were actioned or updated is also required under health and safety legislation. Thus, failure to action and update assessments results in numerous court actions.
When someone reports a hazard, it’s by the use of a risk assessment that we assess the likelihood and consequences of it causing harm. This is called risk. Then, we devise measures to either eliminate or reduce that risk.
See our blog article here which gets hazards and risk into perspective.
Ok, let’s outsource!
There’re plenty of businesses around that thrive by creating the perception that writing a risk assessment is hard work and time-consuming. Accordingly, for a substantial fee, they’ll promise to take the pain away.
Outsourcing creates a bit of a Pandora’s box. An outside source rarely knows enough about your business and the many processes you perform daily.
You risk your whole health and safety management by losing credibility with the very people it’s supposed to protect – your workers.
A smart lawyer will instantly see that this bears little resemblance to what happens on the job. Subsequently, they can easily prove that it was a weak attempt to protect your workers!
Nobody knows the jobs, tasks and activities of your business like you and the workers who do the job.
You need to include risk assessment as a business process. They need to be real and reflect what happens on a job or process. Consequently, your workers will recognise authenticity and get behind it.
YOU and your WORKERS are the ONLY people who can make an accurate risk assessment of the tasks you perform in YOUR business!
What you need is a more manageable and straightforward process to make risk assessments easier!
Using Simple WorkSafe can help you.
Simple WorkSafe, through our many tools, can provide this level of management to your health and safety system.