What Are Risk Assessments?

A Risk assessment is the process of identifying hazards, assessing the risk they pose to individuals and the workspace, and then determining the necessary controls to contain all identified hazards.

The main objective behind a risk assessment is to create a safer and healthier workspace for all individuals within it.

Why Are Risk Assessments Important?

It is critical that employers take risk assessments seriously; as they are an essential component of an occupational health and safety management plan–which should be present in every organization. Through risk assessments, employers are able to:

  • Become aware of all hazards in their workplace and the associated risks;
  • Identify who might be at risk (e.g., employees, visitors, cleaners, the public, etc.);
  • Establish whether a hazard requires a control program;
  • Verify whether existing control measures are adequate to control risk;
  • Avoid injuries or illnesses to individuals in the workplace; and
  • Where applicable, meet legal requirements.

When Should a Risk Assessment Be Performed?

A risk assessment can be necessary in various situations, such as:

  • Before new processes or activities are introduced.
  • Prior to changes in existing processes or activities (e.g., before changing machinery, tools or products).
  • When hazards are identified.

Questions about incorporating risk assessments in your organization?

Do you still have questions about risk assessments? At Health and Safety Help, our HR experts can answer your questions! It’s important to protect your business from issues that can easily be prevented. To receive free advice call our employer line today: 1-833-200-5239.