There are numerous risk assessment examples like covid 19 risk assessment, fire risk assessment, HSE risk assessment, and many more. The HSE has risk assessment examples on their website with templates which can be viewed here. In addition, HSENI also has a useful covid 19 risk assessment example, use this guide to the steps you need to take to control the risks.
Assessments should always be done by a competent person or team of individuals who have an excellent working knowledge of the situation under review.
“someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to assist you properly. The level of competence required will depend on the complexity of the situation and the particular help you need.”
A competent person is a person who:
It is widely agreed that a competent person should not be chosen lightly. This is because they need to be qualified to identify and deal with the hazards associated with risk assessment. For instance, if work is performed in a building with asbestos present, the competent person must know asbestos-related dangers. This knowledge comes from a combination of training, skill and experience.
In general, terms, to complete a risk assessment, you should:
When performing a risk assessment, the goal is to find and record possible hazards that may be present. When looking for hazards, it may be helpful to use the following list:
Ranking the hazard is a way to help determine which risk is the most serious and should be controlled first. Priority is established by taking into account a persons exposure and the potential for incident/ injury or illness. Assigning a priority to the risk creates a ranking or action list.
There is no one simple way or technique to determine the level of risk. You or the Competent Person must decide which approach works best for each situation. Knowledge of the workplace, its activities, the urgency of conditions, and, crucially, objective judgment are required when ranking a hazard.
In this risk assessment example, an assessment could be a discussion or workshop session based on knowledge and experience. Checklists or a probability matrix could be helpful in these types of cases.
Here’s an elementary risk matrix showing the relationship between probability and severity.
The severity and probability ratings in this example are represented as below:
|poisoning, major fracture, significant loss of blood, severe head injury, or fatal disease||An individual is likely to experience once or twice a year|
|localised burn, sprain, strain, dermatitis, asthma, an injury requiring days off work||An individual may experience once every five years|
|an injury that requires first aid only; irritation, short-term pain, or dizziness||may occur once during a working lifetime|
Now apply the cells from the simple risk matrix to the risk level table below:
The following risk ratings correspond to recommended actions as follows:
|Immediately dangerous||Stop the process immediately, implement controls|
|High risk||Investigate the process, implement controls immediately|
|Medium risk||Maintain the process; develop a control plan and implement as soon as possible|
|Low risk||Maintain the process and monitor. A control plan should be investigated|
|Very low risk||keep monitoring|
You need to paint the ceiling in your office, but you must use a step ladder to do so. You will not be standing higher than about 1 metre on the ladder or off at any given time. If you were assessing this situation, you would probably find the outcome from working on this ladder is likely to:
If you compare this to the simple risk matrix chart above, you can see that these values correspond to low risk.
As a result of the above risk assessment example: Your organisation has decided to implement risk control measures, including using a roller brush with an extra-long handle that enables an individual to remain on the ground whilst painting the ceiling. It was also determined that the individual painting could use training on how to use the new paint roller and included steps to avoid excess reaching while painting.
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