General risk assessment awareness
If you are a business owner, it is very important that you and any managing staff you employ (who are responsible for health and safety), are aware of the importance of risk assessments and how to control risks in the workplace. Our course in general risk assessment awareness teaches delegates how to assess what might cause people harm in the workplace, and how they can take steps to prevent accidents. It also covers current legislation, employer and employee duties, and what can happen if risk assessments are not undertaken correctly.
All employers have to carry out frequent risk assessments if they have five or more employees in their organisation. Risk assessments are important because they help to keep staff and visitors safe, enabling them to carry out their jobs with confidence.
H2: Identifying hazards
Our general risk assessment awareness course shows delegates how to successfully and accurately identify potential hazards in a workplace environment – these include any hazardous substances, risky activities, and working processes that could cause harm to workers’ health or cause them to have an accident or injury. It can be very easy to overlook common hazards, which is why risk assessments are helpful in ensuring that employers and staff think about what makes their workplace safe. Depending on the type of business you have, there may also be some industry-specific risk assessments that need to be carried out (for instance if your company was handling chemicals, working in confined spaces, or working at height).
Delegates on this course will be taught how to recognise hazardous situations and ways in which visitors, staff and contractors could be harmed from those hazards. Recognising types of people who may be harmed from hazards is the most effective way of identifying associated risks. As well as staff who are frequently on-site, risk assessments should cover people who visit a site, such as visitors, contractors, maintenance staff and so on.
H2: Evaluating foreseeable risks
When hazards are evaluated, it is then possible to see how those hazards can cause harm. Employers are expected in law to take all reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable risks. Risks must be managed responsibly and in accordance with legislation. Employers must do everything that is reasonably within their power to protect their staff, contractors and visitors from harm. A part of risk assessment is also measuring up the level of the risk against the measures that are needed to control the risk, including protective equipment, money, training etc. A risk assessment will typically look at control measures and protection that is already in place, will consider whether harm can be prevented any further, and whether further action is necessary. If a hazard is presented, expected steps that should be taken by employers include:
- Reducing staff exposure to a hazard
- Preventing access to a hazard
- Researching how to remove a hazard altogether
- Providing protective equipment and welfare facilities
- Providing further training to workers
H2: Recording a risk assessment
A risk assessment must be recorded carefully and in accordance with the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) principles and current legislation. It should detail:
- That proper checks were carried out
- People who may be affected by risks and hazards
- All precautions that are being taken to minimise risks
On completion of the course, delegates will receive a Phoenix Safety certificate.
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