Risk Assessment/Method Statements
Workplace Risk Assessments
The foundation of an organisation’s workplace health and safety arrangements is:
• the identification of potentially hazardous areas and associated activities
• identifying the groups of people that maybe affected and eliminating or controlling the risk of physical harm or ill health arising from them, and
• having regard to health and safety law (Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 3)
Risk assessments are the tool by which these points are addressed. Every organisation must carry out workplace risk assessments, and if done effectively this process will help you manage health and safety risks. They help focus on what, in your business might cause harm to people and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm.
The Regulation provides that employers with five or more employees must record the significant findings of their risk assessment. This record should represent an effective statement of hazards and risks which should then lead to relevant actions being taken to protect health and safety.
We help our clients understand that not all risk has to be negative and that well thought out risk assessments can lead to business improvements and increased profits. All our consultants are health and safety experts and between them have a wealth of experience in helping businesses to challenge the way they do risk assessments to achieve greater results.
A safety method statement is not required by law but is a valuable tool in developing and managing a safe system of work where conditions are classified as higher risk.
It describes in a logical sequence exactly how a job is to be carried out in a safe manner and without risks to health. It includes all the risks identified in the risk assessment and the measures needed to control those risks. It allows the job to be properly planned and resourced.
Safety method statements are most often found in the construction sector and are particularly helpful for:
• higher risk complex or unusual work (e.g. steel and formwork erection, demolition or the use of hazardous substances)
• providing information to employees about how the work should be done and the precautions to be taken
• providing the principal contractor with information to develop the health and safety plan for the construction phase of a project.
We help our clients on a daily basis when it comes to assessing risk and producing method statements. Whether it is to train employees to a competent level to be able to carry out risk assessments themselves, to review, feedback and advise on those completed internally or to produce method statements on their behalf, whatever the need our approach is flexible to ensure the appropriate level of support is received.