It is every employer's responsibility to ensure that their organisation has appropriately assessed all work activities and tasks which may put an employee, visitor, contractor or volunteer under their supervision at risk of injury or worse.
In our experience, most organisations and businesses do not employ a health and safety specialist due to the high costs involved, leaving employers to conduct risk assessments with little to no help from a professional. If your risk assessment is not completed to a suitable standard, then this could severely affect the safety of your employees and the reputation of your business.
We can provide you with a dedicated Health and Safety Consultant who is an expert on health and safety law. This consultant will visit your workplace and conduct a thorough bespoke general risk assessment, leaving you to just print and sign off the documentation.
What is a Risk Assessment?
A risk assessment is the process in which you evaluate the potential hazards that could cause harm or ill-health from your work activities and to implement suitable and sufficient controls to ensure a safe working environment.
- Hazard – Anything which has the potential to cause harm
- Risk – The likelihood that harm will occur
- Risk Assessment – The identification of hazards, calculation of risk and the elimination or reduction of that risk to an acceptable level
It typically works in five simple steps:
- 1. Identify the hazards
- 2. Assess the risk – decide who might be harmed and how
- 3. Eliminate, Reduce, or Control Risk
- 4. Record the findings
- 5. Review
While you cannot completely eradicate all health and safety hazards, it is a legal requirement to identify the hazards, assess and control the risks by carrying out a holistic risk assessment of the workplace, thus ensuring you have suitable policies, procedures, practices (safe systems of work) in place that significantly reduce the severity of the occurring risks. For example, a fire might still occur but you will have a practiced evacuation in place which results in everyone getting out of the building safely.
What is Looked at During a Risk Assessment
When we are carrying out the assessment, we look at a number of things that can increase the level of risk or become potential hazards and risks.
- Identify the hazards present in the workplace.
- Identify those at risk from the hazards, including employees, contractors and visitors. Workers who are particularly vulnerable should also be considered, such as young people, new staff members and new or expectant mothers.
- Evaluate the danger of environmental factors and working practices, taking into account the likelihood of accidents. Also, identify and evaluate existing controls that are in place to reduce risks.
- Record findings on a suitable form.
- Review the assessment on a regular basis or when things change, such as when new equipment is installed, processes change or accidents occur.
What is a Method Statement?
A method statement, also referred to as a ‘safe system of work’, is a document that details how certain tasks around the workplace will be carried out to ensure they are compliant. The method statement must outline the hazards that you identified during your risk assessment, and what steps you will take to reduce any implicated risks from said hazard. The method statement should also explain what control measures have been introduced to ensure the safety of anyone carrying out or affected by hazardous tasks.
As part of our health and safety risk assessment service, your dedicated consultant will produce a method statement based on their findings during the assessment.
Want us to assess the hazards in your workplace?
Our risk assessment service includes:
- An onsite visit from your health and safety consultant
- Completed risk assessment, identifying all hazards present onsite, persons affected, control measures and date of review
- Risk assessment documentation including method statement provided to you both in hard copy and electronically
- Legal advice on health and safety management concerns that arise
- Reviewed annually if you remain a client
- Regular updates on health and safety changes via our electronic newsletter
If you would like to find out how our Birmingham based health and safety consultants can add value to your business and assist you with the management of health and safety, call us on 0845 2626 260 or email us to book a free consultation.
Want a quote for this health and safety risk assessment service? Give us a call today on 0845 2626 260