What is Risk Assestment

What is a risk assessment?
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Risk assessment is the process where you:

  • Identify exposures.
  • Analyze or evaluate the risk associated with that exposure.
  • Determine appropriate ways to eliminate or control the exposure.

In practical terms, a risk assessment is a thorough look at your event to identify situations that may cause injury. After making identification, you evaluate how likely and severe the risk is, and then decide what measures should be in place to effectively prevent or control the injury from happening.

Why is risk assessment necessary?

Risk assessments are crucial as they form an integral part of a worthy safety management plan. They help to:

  • Create awareness of exposures and risks.
  • Identify who may be at risk (employees, sub-contractors, and the public).
  • Determine if existing control measures are adequate or if additional control necessary.
  • Identify potential injuries at the design phase.
  • Prioritize exposures and control measures.

What is the goal of risk assessment?

The aim of the risk assessment process is to remove an exposure or reduce the level of its risk by adding precautions or control measures, as necessary. By doing so, you have created a safer event environment.

How do you do a risk assessment?

Appraising assessments by a competent team of individuals who have a good working knowledge of the event location. Staff should always supervisors and workers who work with the process under review as they are the most familiar with the operation.

In general, to do an assessment, you should:

  • Identify exposures.
  • Evaluate the likelihood of an injury and its severity.
  • Consider typical operational situations as well as non-standard events such as shutdowns, power outages, and emergencies.
  • Identify actions necessary to eliminate or control the risk.
  • Monitor and evaluate to confirm the risk is controlled.
  • Keep any documentation or records that may be necessary. Documentation the conclusion, may include detailing the process used to assess the risk and outlining any evaluations.

When doing an assessment, you must take into account:

  • The methods and procedures used for the processing and handling life safety procedures
  • The actual and the potential exposure of employees and attendees.
  • The measures and procedures are necessary to control such exposure using controls and work practices.

It is important to remember that the assessment must take into account not only the current state of the event location but any potential situations as well.

 

How are the exposures identified?

Overall, the goal is to find and record possible exposures that may be present in your event. As mentioned, it may help to work as a team and include both people familiar with the event location, as well as people who are not � this way you have both the “experienced” and “fresh” eye to conduct the inspection.

Discovering potential exposures:

  • Look at all aspects of the event.
  • Include non-routine activities such as maintenance, repair, or cleaning.
  • Look at accident / incident / near-miss records.
  • Look at the way the work is organized or “completed” (include experience and age of people doing the work and systems used.).
  • Look at foreseeable unusual conditions (for possible example impact on exposure control procedures that may be unavailable in an emergency situation, power outage, and threating weather patterns.).
  • Examine risks to employees or the public.
  • Include an assessment of groups that may have a different level of risks such as young or inexperienced workers, persons with disabilities, or new or expectant mothers.

Modified From:
<http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/risk_assessment.html>