Why Your Business Needs A Risk Assessment

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If you were to walk around your office, warehouse or any site space, are you confident that any risks have a preventative measure in place?

Every business needs a risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all of its employees, customers and clients.

Accidents can and will happen in any workplace so it’s simply about knowing and documenting the ways in which you and your staff will aim to avoid causing risk – and how to deal with a potentially hazardous situation.

How do you assess risk?

Luckily, a risk assessment doesn’t need to be pages and pages of paperwork.

In fact, you only need to record the more significant areas of risk and you don’t have to worry about predicting unforeseeable ones… no one expects you to be psychic!

What should a risk assessment include?

A risk assessment is usually made up of the following:

Identifying hazards

A description of the hazard including the activity that could cause it.

Determining who in particular might be at risk of these hazards

Which internal and external individuals and groups could be in danger?

The level of the risk

Best measured on a scale of Low, Medium and High, also factoring in the likelihood of it happening.

Measures in place to attempt to prevent the risk

What measures does your organisation have in place already to attempt to reduce this risk? This should include any precautions that are established.

The possibility of residual risk

Again, this can be ranked on a Low, Medium and High possibility scale, and describes the chance of any additional risk that remains after all efforts are made to identify and eliminate it.

Working at height

One of the most significant risks in the workplace is the associated danger that can come from working at height.

Whether your employees regularly work on ladders and platforms or would only be working at height on the rare occasion, it is crucial to include this within your risk assessment.

Here at RLC, our team can often be found up a ladder! We have a number of precautions in place to reduce the risk involved. These include but are certainly not limited to:

  • A full assessment of the task at hand, and review of the equipment to be used to carry out the task.
  • The surroundings are checked carefully, from ensuring the ground surface is suitable for a ladder and the level of lighting is sufficient.

Fitting and replacing lightbulbs

If you were at home, you might not think twice about replacing a light bulb. However there are actually quite a few risks involved in the process that are necessary to document.

Just a few of the areas that we include in our risk assessment are:

  • Falling objects when bulbs are changed – this is to protect both our team and anyone in the immediate area.
  • Contact with electrical supplies – it might seem obvious, but it’s vital that the electrical power is switched off before working with bulbs!
  • Our operatives must wear gloves when changing a bulb. If the bulb breaks, this can cause cuts to the skin. Any broken bulb is also disposed of carefully in a container and taken away from the site straight away.

You can find our full risk assessment here

Need any advice on supplying and fitting light bulbs for your business? Get in touch today and one of our helpful team will be happy to help.

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