Risk Assessments

Did you know that you have to complete risk assessments, by law? The management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that employers must identify any hazards and levels of risk to the health and safety of their employees while they’re at work.  If you didn’t know that, don’t worry. You’re in the right place.

We know risk assessment compliance can be a headache for businesses of all sizes and from all industries, but they’re a necessity to keep you and your site safe and legally compliant.  To make sure your business and all its systems are operating to the highest safety standards, with less of a headache for you, one of our Health & Safety advisors will give you pro-active help and guidance with everything you need to know to competently complete a risk assessment from start to finish.

What to expect from HSQE Consultancy                                              

A highly proficient and competent consultant, who will work together with you to produce a legally compliant COSHH or risk assessments, we will do this by:

  • Identifying your needs and assessing any hazards you have
  • Reviewing your business’ environment and systems of work
  • Bringing you up to date on your legal responsibilities, and the consequences of getting it wrong
  • Advising you of the best way to adequately controlling or reducing any hazards that we have identified
  • Guiding you through the risk or COSHH assessment
  • Ensuring you fully understand the formation of the assessment and updating process of the assessment

Why choose HSQE Consultancy

All our advisors are competent to either NEBOSH, IOSH or equivalent, we come with more than 35 years’ of Health & Safety combined experience in the Rail, Construction and Power Industries, so you can be sure that you’re protected.  We will give you the tools and all the knowledge you need to be independent so that you can reproduce the necessary risk assessments safely.  For more information on our Workplace Safe Systems of work and Risk Assessments Support, get in touch with the team today.

What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is the process of identifying hazards, evaluating risks and controlling or eliminating those hazards during daily tasks and activities.  This also involves applying control measures to make sure your people and any visitors to your site are safe. Ultimately, you have to decide what might cause harm to people and take reasonable steps to prevent that harm.  If you employ over five people, you must keep a written record of all of your assessments. If you don’t? You could face a fine or even prosecution.

How often should I do a risk assessment?

There are a few factors that determine how often you should conduct an assessment.

These include:

Internal incidents – If there’s an incident in your business, your competent person should look at how it happened and see if there are any gaps that need filling in your risk management program.

External incidents – If an incident happens outside of your organisation, you can use that as an opportunity to audit your current processes.

Process change – If you’ve evaluated your processes and decided something needs to change, it’s important to risk assess any new processes you put in their place.

New equipment – When you have new equipment, make sure you understand the potential hazards and risks of using it.

New employees – If you’ve got a new employee taking over a process or activity, it’s best practice to perform hazard identification before they begin.

New environment – Office move? An employee working from height? If the environment of an activity changes.

Example of things to consider

Have you got your Safe System of Work in place for making a cup of tea? Sound sridiculous doesn’t it but let’s look at this from a health and safety perspective. We have to break down the procedure for making a cup of tea. So what’s involved?

Firstly what method are you using to make the tea? Are you using a kettle? A commercial water boiler? Are you boiling the water on a hob? The hazards you have here are electricity, fire, steam.

Once you have chosen the method now you have to boil the water. Boiling water is hot, very hot, so you are not going to want to come into direct contact with thewater.

You have poured the water and stirred the teabag to make a beautiful cup of tea. Did you use a metal spoon, that’s a good heat conductor? If so you now have a hot spoon that will burn on contact. Additionally the cup will more than likely be hot.

Now you’ve assessed the risks you can implement control measures to prevent injury:

  • PAT test the Kettle to ensure it is safe to use
  • Do not look directly over the cup while pouring the water to avoid steam burns
  • Use a plastic spoon to remove the risk of heat transfer
  • Make sure you use the handle of the cup, no handle? Use a cup sleeve
  • Let the tea cool down to avoid burning your mouth

Ok so that might have been a bit extreme but this is no different do ensuring your workforce have a safe method to undertake the works and all hazards have been eliminated to remove the risk. Our Advisors will come to your workplace and help with creating high quality Safe Systems of Work and Risk Assessments.


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