How to complete a risk assessment
The following steps will enable you to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment:
1. Identify the hazards
Involve persons carrying out the work activity
Visit the work area
Consult manufacturers instruction/data sheets
Review accident/ill-health records
Include non-routine operations, such as maintenance, cleaning, waste disposal
2. Determine who might be harmed and how
Identify groups of people, for example lab users, cleaners, members of the public
Consider persons with particular requirements:
- young persons
- people with disabilities
- new and temporary workers
- new and expectant mothers
- lone workers
- home workers
Examples of how persons may be harmed include:
- physical injuries
- impacts on mental health (either by exacerbating an existing mental health condition or resulting in an emergent mental health condition, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- impacts on health (for example by causing disease, illness or other health conditions)
3. Evaluate the risks and implement control measures
Determine the level of risk (based on severity and likelihood)
Identify control measures to reduce risk as far as reasonably practicable
4. Record only significant findings
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Needs to be suitable and sufficient (reflective of the scale of the work being carried out, all significant hazards should be identified and proportional control measures applied to reduce the risk to a tolerable level. Clear and straightforward to understand)
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5. Implement control measures
Apply hierarchy of control
Involve those carrying out the work to ensure precautions will work in practice
6. Regularly review the risk assessment
Have there been any significant changes?
Are there further improvements to be made?
Has a problem been identified?
Has anything been learnt from accidents or near misses?
Ensure the risk assessment stays up to date
All persons undertaking the work activities must be trained in the content of the risk assessment and this training should be recorded.