Hazard identification and risk assessment are the corner stones of safety.
Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires that employers and those who control workplaces to any extent must identify the hazards in the workplaces under their control and assess the risks to safety and health at work presented by these hazards, (HSA, 2017).
Hazard: Anything that has the potential to cause harm; this may have the potential to cause human injury or illness, damage to buildings or stock or harm the environment in some way. These include Physical, Ergonomic, Biological, Chemical and Psychosocial hazards.
Risk Assessment: Reviewing the likelihood of the hazard causing harm and the harmful consequences.
The identification of hazards and the assessment of risk must be documented – and as appropriate controls put in place to reduce the risk into an acceptable level.
Core elements of the risk management process
LCE can help YOUR organisation in the following ways:
- Development and Implementation of a Risk Management System
- Gap analysis to include document review, physical workplace review, systems review
- Analysis of the effectiveness of existing controls
- Hazard specific site inspection e.g.
- MMH hazard assessment
- Chemical control review
- Machine guarding
- Slips, trips and falls assessment
- Emergency planning
- Business Continuity Planning
- Occupational Health assessments
- Occupational Hygiene monitoring