Vol. 1, Issue 12 (Jun 01) Risk Assesment

Risk assessment is now enshrined in many areas of health and safety legislation.

It appears under the “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999” – regulation 3. It is found under many other areas such as: –

  • COSHH Regulations
  • Manual Handling Regulations
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • Construction (Design and Management) (As Amended) Regulations
  • Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
  • Display screen equipment Regulations
  • Noise at work Regulations
  • Make it up as you go regulations
  • Various asbestos regulations.

This listing is not meant to cover all regulations and is in short format.

You should always ask if in doubt.

The various duties under the “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999” overlaps with other regulations, because of their wide ranging general nature. Where duties overlap, compliance with the more specific regulation will normally be sufficient to comply with the corresponding regulation. For example, the “Manual Handling Regulations” require the assessment of risks, so it could be that you will not have to repeat the exercise for both sets of legislation.

In making risk assessment the following may need to be considered.

  • The inexperience, lack of awareness or risks of the immaturity of young persons.
  • The fitting out and layout of the workplace and workstation.
  • The nature, degree and duration of exposure to physical, biological and chemical agent.
  • The form, range and use of work equipment and the way in which it is handled.
  • The organisation of processes and activities.
  • The extent of health and safety training provided or to be provided to young persons. and others.
  • Risks from agents, process and works listed in Annex to Council Directive 94/33/EC on the protection of young people at work.

Risk Assessment Process.

  1. Identify the hazards.
  2. Identify who might be harmed.
  3. Evaluate the risks from the identified hazards.
  4. Recording.
  5. Revision and review.

It is not a one-off process, it must be revisited and reviewed on a regular basis. Things happen, environments alter, staff relocate, changes occur. What can happen will happen!

FAO: – J Gaskin.

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