How to Perform Risk Assessments?
Risk assessments should be carried out by competent persons who are experienced in assessing hazard injury severity, likelihood and control measures. A new risk assessment should be carried out when there are new machines, substances and procedures which could lead to new hazards. They should be reviewed regularly and kept up to date.
The following steps can be followed when performing a risk assessment in your workplace:
- Identify hazards: Survey the workplace and look at what could reasonably be expected to cause harm. Check manufacturers or suppliers instructions or data sheets for any obvious hazards. Review previous accident and near miss reports.
- Decide who might be harmed and how: Identify which group and demographic of workers might be harmed. Ask workers if they can think of anyone else who could be harmed by the hazard.
- Evaluate the risks and decide on control measures: Look for existing controls in place. Follow the hierarchy of controls (see below) in prioritizing implementation of controls.
- Record your findings and implement them: Use a risk assessment template to document your findings. Get started with iAuditor’s free risk assessment templates that you can use on your mobile device while on-site. Share your report and findings with key parties who can implement changes.
- Review your assessment and update if necessary: Follow up with your assessments to check if controls have been put in place or if any new hazards have resulted