Hazard & Risk Assessment

Risk assessments can work backward from your accident/injury experience to look at causation. This assumes the investigations are successful in identifying the cause.

Risk assessments can also work forward by identifying the potential for catastrophic and costly mistakes, and where and when they might occur.

The most common cause of risk assessment failure is an improper definition of goals.

A risk is a chance, high or low, that a hazard will actually cause bodily harm, like:

  • Electrocution,
  • Bodily impacts,
  • Sprains or strains,
  • Crushing,
  • Deafness,
  • Stress, or
  • Suffocation, etc.

A hazard is something that can cause harm. It may involve conditions or procedures. Examples of hazards include:

  • Energy sources like electricity,
  • Traffic,
  • Chemicals,
  • Heights,
  • Noise,
  • A keyboard,
  • A bully, or
  • Temperature extremes, like heat and cold, etc.

Procedures include:

  • Entering confined spaces,
  • Working at heights,
  • Working in excavations,
  • Hurrying,
  • Working around equipment, or
  • Repetitive movements, etc.

Before you embark on risk assessments, you want your whole team on the same page regarding the process.

At Allman Safety, we measure the level of risk before and after controls are imposed, to ensure the right procedure is being implemented the right way

Give us a free call to talk about where you are in this process and how we might help.