Complying to Risk Assessment Regulation in the Workplace

What is a risk assessment?

Not all risks can be engineered out of the work environment. Even with the best plans, procedures and systems in place, individuals at work still take short cuts and make mistakes. Sometimes risk-taking behaviour is intentional, for whatever reason. In other cases, risks may be taken due to a lack of understanding about a particular hazard, associated controls or inadequate training.
To individual workers, such risk-taking can result in injury, ill-health and fatalities. To the organisation, some of the many costs can include lost time, damage to machinery, litigation, and prosecution. If unchecked, these costs can escalate.

So why conduct Risk Assessment in the workplace?

Risk assessment is an essential part in workplace health and safety programme. It is a process that has been put in place by law to identify all possible hazards, evaluate risks generated by these hazards and controlling or eliminating those hazards during daily tasks and activities. This involves ensuring all control measures are put in place to manage the risk. Risk management is about taking practical steps to protect people from real harm and suffering and not bureaucratic back covering.

Taking a sensible approach to risk management is about:

-Ensuring that workers and the public are properly protected
-Enabling innovation and learning not stifling them
-Ensuring that those who create risks manage them responsibly and understand that failure to manage significant risks responsibly is likely to lead to robust action.
-Providing overall benefit to society by balancing benefits and risks, with a focus on reducing significant risks - both those which arise more often and those with serious consequences
-Enabling individuals to understand that as well as the right to protection, they also have to exercise responsibility.
-When talking about harm remember this could be physical or mental

It is not About

-Reducing protection of people from risks that cause real harm
-Scaring people by exaggerating or publicising trivial risks
-Stopping important recreational and learning activities for individuals where the risks are
managed -Creating a totally risk-free society
-Generating useless paperwork mountains

At DEOM, we follow all the right steps and procedures in ensuring that a 100% risk assessment of the workplace is done to meet international standards by adhering strictly to the below key steps:

1. Identify hazards
2. Assess the risks
3. Control the risks
4. Record our findings
5. Review the control measures to put in place

Why choose DEOM?

Although at DEOM, we cannot fill out your risk assessments for you. However, what DEOM can do is, make the entire process hassle-free. When you collaborate with DEOM, our risk assessment service provides you with complete support from qualified experts. We can offer guidance with everything from fire risk assessments and fire safety procedures to COSHH assessments and manual handling.

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