RISKS SHOULD NEVER BE IGNORED..!
When trying to determine the risk factor associated with a hazard, a matrix can be used.
- To identify the hazards, the manager:
- looked at where hazards can occur
- walked around the office, noting things that might pose a risk
- talked to supervisors and staff, including the member of staff who is a wheelchair user, to learn from their knowledge and experience of areas and activities, and listen to their concerns and opinions about health and safety issues in the workplace;
- talked to the office cleaning contractors, to ensure that the cleaning activities did not pose a risk to office staff, and vice-versa;
- looked at the accident book, to understand what has previously resulted in incidents.
- The manager then wrote down who could be harmed by the hazards and how.
- For each hazard, the manager wrote down what controls, if any, were in place to manage these hazards. Where existing controls were not considered good enough, the manager wrote down what else needed to be done to control the risk.
- Putting the risk assessment into practice, the manager decided and recorded who was responsible for implementing the further actions and when they should be done. When each action was completed, it was ticked off and the date recorded. The manager pinned the risk assessment up in the staff room for all staff to see.
- At an office meeting, the office manager discussed the findings with the staff and gave out copies of the risk assessment. The manager decided to review and update the risk assessment every year, or straightaway if any major changes in the workplace happened.
How Was the Risk Assessment Done?