Step 1 - Know your Hazards!
Step 2 – Who’s at risk and how?
For each hazard that is identified, you must decide what group of people (people working in the storeroom, members of the public, office workers etc.) may be affected so that you can find a way of best managing the risk.
Remember – People who may only be occasionally in the building, staff who work from home, visitors, cleaners, maintenance workers etc.
People who may have specific needs such as migrant workers, new or expectant mothers, new or young workers, or disabled workers, these people may be at more risk which will require more thought on your part.
Ask others who they can think of as they may identify groups of people you may have missed.
In each case identify how injuries may occur such as back pain due to repetitive lifting with warehouse workers who lift boxes for example.
Step 3 – Evaluate risks and decide what precautions should be taken.
The law states you must do everything ‘reasonably practicable’ to protect people from harm and one of the most efficient ways of doing so is to compare what you are doing with good practice.
First, look at what you’re already doing, think about what controls you have in place and how it is organised. Then compare this with the good practice and see if there’s more you should be doing to bring yourself up to standard. In asking yourself this, consider:
When controlling risks, apply the principles below, if possible in the following order:
Improving Health & Safety measures need not cost a lot, low-cost measures such as placing mirrors on dangerous blind corners can help prevent accidents but doesn’t cost much. Accidents that occur due to not taking precautions can cost a lot more!
Step 4 – Record your findings and implement them.
Putting the results of your risk assessment into practice will make such a difference when looking after people.
When you write down your results keep it simple such as ‘Tripping over rubbish: bins provided, staff instructed, weekly housekeeping checks’.
A risk assessment doesn’t have to be perfect but it does need to be suitable and sufficient, you need to show that:
Review your risk assessment and update if necessary
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