Identifying Hazards With Successful Assessment

risk assessmentOne of the fundamental requirements of the on-the-job safety, aside from preparing a Take-5 safety checklist, is conducting a risk assessment or hazard identification. This must always be done by the people on the job before the actual work starts.

Don’t worry, though – the process isn’t too complicated, and all it takes is the completion of a few simple steps, from initial checking to final evaluation. B&S Printing shares more information below:

Checking Site Requirements

First, check if the site is complying with the requirements for pre-work risk assessments. Clarify the types of assessment needed and the format of recording or documentation (e.g. checklists, forms, tags, pocket books) that should be completed for the different types of jobs. Depending on the site, size and type of the job, the requirements include:

  • Informal discussions about hazards (using Take Five information)
  • Filling out check sheets asking for identified hazards areas
  • Filling out detailed task analysis sheet
  • Reviewing the contents of a formal risk assessment
  • Reviewing the assessments done on previous shifts to identify any changes

When you arrive at the job you want observe, make an assessment of what type of hazard identification that should have been completed.

Managing Feedback

The feedback collected from the workers should be able to tell you what type of assessment was required for their job and display the results of what they did. If there has been no written record of a hazard identification process from the start of the job, you can ask the workers why it’s important to write down the hazards and controls that they’ve thought of. Their answers can count as important views in assessing hazards in the working place.

Discuss the Assessment

Aside from checking the site requirements, it’s also crucial to discuss the adequacy of the hazard assessment that has been accomplished.

To conclude the risk assessment and observation, the discussion with your workers should emphasise the importance of stopping, thinking and talking about hazards and risks, using the Take Five safety checklist as a guide before starting every job.

About the author

Lillian Johnson

finished a degree in journalism at a known university in California. She now works in Houston for a local magazine.

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