Risk Assessment is the process where you:
- Identify hazards
- Analyze or evaluate the risk associated with that hazard
- Determine appropriate ways to eliminate or control the hazard
In practical terms, a risk assessment is a thorough look at your workplace to identify those things, situations, processes, etc. that may cause harm, particularly to people. After identification is made, you evaluate how likely and severe the risk is, and then decide what measures should be in place to effectively prevent or control the harm from happening.
Risk assessments are very important as they form an integral part of a good occupational health and safety management plan. They help to:
- Create awareness of hazards and risks
- Identify who may be at risk (employees, cleaners, visitors, contractors, the public)
- Determine if existing control measures are adequate or if more should be done
- Prevent injuries or illnesses when done at the design or planning stage
- Prioritize hazards and control measures
Occupational Health and Safety legislation requires reasonable care to be undertaken to identify hazards and risks in the workplace. Property risk management should also be included in risk assessments of your business operations protecting employees and employers, whilst maintaining an efficient workplace.
EHS have experienced consultants that undertake risk assessments and provide advice regarding the implementation of control measures to minimise or mitigate the identified risks.