What is a Dynamic Risk Assessment?
Traditional risk assessments are used to identify predictable risks in the workplace and prioritize suitable controls ahead of time. Dynamic risk assessments involve quick identification and decision making for those risks that are difficult to predict and a result of changing conditions.
This article tackles 1) the importance of conducting a dynamic risk assessment; 2) 5 steps to perform an effective dynamic risk assessment; 3) technology that can help streamline your reporting processes; and 4) dynamic risk assessment templates you can download and use.
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Why Perform Dynamic Risk Assessments?
Static risks are those do not significantly change over time and can be predicted and controlled ahead of time e.g. fire risk, working from heights, food hygiene. Dynamic risks are those that are difficult to predict and can result from organisational and environmental changes e.g. slip hazards caused by bad weather, physical danger from visiting someone’s home. Dynamic risks and hazards may arise from (1) introduction of new equipment/ resources, (2) change of supervision approach, (3) opening a new line of business, (4) reallocation of work and (5) threats to safety and security.
Performing dynamic risk assessments can help businesses identify, connect and visualize critical risk clusters present in the workplace. This can help reduce the risks of workplace accidents and injuries from difficult to predict hazards.
How to Perform a Dynamic Risk Assessment?
Here are 5 steps on how to perform an effective dynamic risk assessment in the workplace:
- Stop and look around - before starting work, make it a habit to observe the environment for any hazards present such as physical, biological, organizational, chemical or safety hazard. Identify and rate the risk level, severity and likelihood.
- Check and select - check for available safety systems of work and select the most appropriate for the situation.
- Examine - assess the chosen systems of work. Once a course of action has been determined as offensive or defensive, you need to decide whether or not the risks involved are aligned with the benefits of the outcome.
If YES, proceed with allocating responsibilities and communicating safety measures and procedures.
If NO, go back to step 2.
- Add more measures as needed - introducing additional control measures can help further reduce or eliminate risks to an acceptable level. (e.g. use of additional PPE and specialised equipment)
- Document and report all findings - all findings should be properly documented for review and safety planning purposes.
Choosing the Right Technology
Dynamic risk assessments are important safety tools and should be documented to help prepare for future dynamic hazards. Using a mobile app like iAuditor allows staff and safety teams to capture, assess and report hazards immediately. Generate reports on the spot with the use of your hand-held device and instantly share them to responsible teams and authorized people.
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