Tag: Risk Assessment

What does ‘suitable and sufficient’ mean?

Suitable and sufficient The law states that a risk assessment must be ‘suitable and sufficient’, i.e. it should show that: a proper check was made; all those who might be affected are considered, whether they are workers or others such as members of the public; all the obvious significant risks have been dealt with, taking

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Risk Profiling

What is Risk Profiling?

Risk Profiling Effective leaders and line managers know the risks their organisations face, rank them in order of importance and take action to control them. A risk profile examines the nature and levels of threats faced by an organisation. It examines the likelihood of adverse effects occurring, the level of disruption and costs associated with

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Some Approaches to Identifying Hazards

Hazard identification is the first, and most important, step of the risk management process on the basis that a hazard has to be identified before its corresponding risks can be controlled. There are many different approaches to hazard identification and many techniques have been developed. Some of the approaches are oulined below: Observational techniques such

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You’ve Done Your Risk Assessment…What Now?

Completing a risk assessment is a means to an end, not the end itself. It’s an input, not an output. If, after conducting a risk assessment, new or improved controls are required, their selection should be determined by the principle of the hierarchy of controls, i.e. the elimination of hazards where practicable, followed in turn

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Differences: Hazards, Risks, Risk Assessments

What are Hazards? Anything that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, working from ladders etc. Some hazards are easy to identify (an open container of a corrosive substance), others are not easily identifiable. This can be because the harm that some hazards cause is not immediate, but occurs instead over a long period of

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How to complete a health and safety risk assessment

The Proper Place for Risk Assessment

There’s no doubt about it; even though the HSE are actively encouraging workplaces not to accumulate unnecessary paperwork, it can still get to the point where things get confusing. Based on some project work we’ve been completing with one of our clients, we have created an overview diagram of an example health and safety policy that

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It’s never happened before!

It’s never happened before! I’ve encountered a worrying amount of supposedly intelligent managers who choose to ignore certain hazards based on that logic! The fact that it’s never happened before is no guarantee that it’s never going to happen, is it? You may never previously have had a fire on the premises, but I would

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