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Risk assessments are a means to better management of safety. It is a thinking process which determine priorities and allocate resources to better control or eliminate risks to health and safety at work.
When considering risk assessments conscientious employers ensure that “reasonable practicable” precautions are taken to make a balanced judgement about the extent of the risk and its consequences against the time, trouble and cost of the steps needed to remove or reduce it.
Benefits of Risk Assessments
- To enable control measures to be devised.
- To gain an idea of the relative importance of risks.
- To take decisions on controls which are cost effective and appropriate.
Logical steps to take when carrying out a risk assessment:
- Look for the hazard.
- Decide who might be harmed and how.
- Evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether existing precautions are adequate or more is required.
- Record the findings.
- Relate your findings.
- Review your assessment from time to time and revise if necessary.