Risk Assessment

Task 1 (4.1)

For the Two assessments carried out, outline the procedures to REVIEW the risk assessment in the light of a change in the process or work environment that you propose to make detail your intended changes.

Any changes in procedures need to be monitored, describe how you would monitor the effectiveness of your implemented changes.

Following a visit to the Wates construction site in May 2011 the following information has been collated in conjunction with the Hazard Identification sheet.

A risk assessment is an important step in protecting workers and businesses, as well as complying with the law. It helps ocus on the risks that really matter in the workplace – the ones with the potential to cause real harm. In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control risks, for example ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not slip, or cupboard drawers are kept closed to ensure people do not trip. For most, that means simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure your most valuable asset – your workforce – is protected. The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as ‘reasonably practicable.

A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether precautions have been taken or should do more to prevent harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.

The five steps to risk assessment (hse.gov.uk)

Step 1 Identify the hazards
Step 2 Decide who might be harmed and how
Step 3 Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step 4 Record your findings and implement them
Step 5 Review your assessment and update if necessary

A hazard is anything that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, working from ladders, an open drawer etc; the

A risk is the chance, high or low, that somebody could be harmed by these...