What you need to know about risk assessments

Risk Assessments – What you need to know.

With more and more emphasis being put on work place safety, we decided to speak with our safety expert David Halford about Risk Assessments. Not only is it important to provide a safe work environment for your employees it also gives them peace of mind while carying out their tasks. We work very closely with David across many of our projects and he has shed some light on all things risky. We asked him to break down a few key points about risk assessments:

What is a risk assessment?

An assessment of the risks/hazards that exist, how to eliminate those risks/hazards and if they cannot be eliminated how to work safely around those risks/hazards to minimise the impact risk from the hazards. It is important to carry out a detailed and accurate assessment, not only for the legal aspects of having a safe work space and procedures in place but also for your staff to feel safe in their office or warehouse.

How do you structure your assessments?

When looking at an initial Risk Assessment I first consider the follow points:

  • Activity/Hazard
  • Potential Risk
  • Who may be affected
  • Control Measures in place by Client
  • Control Measures to be put in place by Total
  • Action date
  • Person Responsible
  • Risk Factor after Control

What are the key points most people miss when performing a risk assessment?

The most common thing people miss are the simple everyday things, you should look at items in your kitchen, electrical devices etc. Look at eveything.

Do you have any last tips for clients?

Consider everything no matter how irrelevant or mundane it may seem.

For many people returning to their office within the next few weeks it is important to consider the safety of your work environment. A detailed risk assessment will get you started. Health & Safety is at the heart of everything we do, nothing is more important than a safe working environment. During the lockdown Team Total were able to continue to provide their services and work safely, because of this we have been able to use our knowledge of safe working environments and create safe work spaces for our clients. See how we made our own workspace safe.

For help getting your office COVID-19 secure contact TEAM TOTAL.