What is Risk Assessment? The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

What is Risk Assessment? The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

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What is Risk Assessment

The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

Risk is a common word we hear in our routine day-to-day work. It is used by motivational speakers very often that we must take the risk in order to achieve something or our goals, however, when we talk about risk in the context of health and safety at the workplace, we must be careful, we must estimate and evaluate risk in order to stay safe and healthy. In different countries, it is a legal requirement for employers with regards to health and safety, fire safety. Poor risk controls and or lack of risk controls always lead to serious events resulting in the loss. What is Risk? A risk could be defined as computation of likelihood that could cause event leading to harm and or consequences (e.g. physical injury, illness, property damage). What is Risk Assessment, Estimation, and Evaluation? When estimating and or evaluating risk at workplace there are a number of methods available for estimation and evaluation. This process of estimation and or evaluation is called risk assessment. Risk assessment is a process to carefully examine your workplace for hazards, risks and to determine control measures keeping in view existing control measures. Risk assessment is legally binding on employers as well. When carrying risk assessment at the workplace, five steps of risk assessment from Health and Safety Executive is a simple and popular method to follow for risk assessment at any workplace, which will lead to good health and safety culture and minimize losses at the workplace. What are the key steps to carry out Risk Assessment?
  1. Identify the hazards
  2. Decide who might be harmed and how
  3. Evaluate the risk and decide on precautions
  4. Record your significant findings
  5. Review your risk assessment and update if necessary
Related video: Risk assessment is a legal duty placed on employers under the law in order to manage health and safety effectively and to prevent incidents proactively by taking actions on foreseeable risks. Risk assessment should be carried out by competent individuals generally as team approach including line manager, HSE specialist, technical expert, job supervisor, worker representative/worker safety representative and or worker involved in the work processes. Risk assessment should be reviewed time to time generally on annual basis, however, in case of significant event, changes in the work methods and or processes, changes in the technology, changes in the procedures and or legal requirements, enforcement actions from regulatory authorities, changes in the key management may lead to review of risk assessment. Many organizations review their risk assessment document time-to-time e.g. weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly and or bi-annually. What can PAK Safety Solutions do for you? We at PAK Safety Solutions offer a range of HSE services including training, consultancy & advisory services, risk assessment is one of them. Our expert consultants/advisors can help you to manage your workplace health and safety risk due to their diversified experienced education in HSE. We can conduct the risk assessment using various methods e.g. probability matrix etc. We have offered such services to our clients in past for their industrial setups. Other than the above, we also provide the training for the following Health and safety courses in Pakistan:
Manual Handling Hazards & Control Measures

Manual Handling Hazards & Control Measures

Manual Handling Hazards & Control Measures

Manual Handling Hazards & it’s Control Measures

What is manual handling?

Manual handling is a common task in our industry & it occurs in all environments through workers in construction, agriculture, hotels & restaurants. To understand hazards and risks associated with manual handling, first of all, we need to understand what manual handling is?
Manual handling is to move, pull and push or transfer of any material by hand or by the movement of your body parts.

What are the hazards & risks associated with Manual Handling?

Now, what could be the risks & hazards associated with manual handling? Manual handling injuries can take more than 3 days usually & almost 10 % major injuries are linked with manual handling work. In the UK, almost 1.1 Million workers are suffered due to musculoskeletal Disorder or their injury became worse due to Manual handling. Every worker that is involved in manual handling is at risk. It does not matter even if the load is light or heavy if you are not doing it in the proper posture you could be at risk of manual handling injury. Work-related low back pain & injuries are the most common cause of manual handling. Manual handling can also cause acute trauma cuts or fracture due to accidents to the worker performing manual handing or to the other worker in work area. Other hazards or risk are neck & upper limb disorder, lower limb disorder, cuts, fractures & back pain.

Factors to consider (Assessing manual handling risks):

There are certain factors that make manual handling more dangerous & these factors are considered as risk factors. These risk factors must be considered before manual handling task which usually can be remembered as “TILE” i.e Task, Individual, Load & Environment.

What can PAK Safety Solutions do for you?

We at PAK Safety Solutions offer a range of HSE services including training, consultancy & advisory services, risk assessment is one of them. Our expert consultants/advisors can help you to manage your workplace health and safety risk due to their diversified experienced education in HSE. We can conduct the risk assessment using various methods e.g. probability matrix etc. We have offered such services to our clients in past for their industrial setups. Related Video:   About Author: This article is written by Ahsan Shahbaz. He is a HSE Professional with 03 years of experience in HSE. He is a Mechanical engineer, technical member of IOSH and approved tutor from various bodies e.g. IOSH, HABC. You may find him via Facebook / Linkedin
Accreditation with CIEH, UK

Accreditation with CIEH, UK

Logo CIEHAnother addition in the International accreditation & accredited courses by PAK Safety Solutions. NOW PAK Safety Solutions is the accredited course provider of CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) UK and now offering the following courses:
  1. CIEH Level 3 Award in Environmental Management
  2. CIEH Level 2 Award in Principals of COSHH
 

“Certificate of Excellence 2013 by HABC UK

HABC Excellence Award image“PAK Safety Solutions” is pleased to inform you that Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) UK has awarded us with “Certificate of Training Excellence Award 2013”. PAK Safety Solutions is accredited course provider of HABC UK and offering a range of HABC qualifications in Pakistan.