Please note; the following Assessments do not take into account the cost of various control measures.
They are also examples and therefore not complete in content, they should not be used as a substitute for carrying out site specific assessments.
For the following example of Risk Assessment Practice I have chosen 2 generally found hazards;
Can we eliminate the work at height?
What are our current controls? – Scaffold with Ladder Access.
We could say the scaffold platform is a safe workplace but what about the ladder access?
Must be Death or severe disability. – can we reduce? – not really, if I fall its a long way down!
Look at number of people at risk, how often?
New build property; gangs of 2-4 persons from 5 or 6 trades over a 3 month period, climbing up and down the ladder 8-12 times per day.
Please note; you also have the risk associated to unauthorised persons who might gain access during out of work hours, especially children.
Likelihood = Likely Chance of a fall from the ladder!
Additional Control; Fit a Stair Access – reduce Likelihood to very unlikely.
Look at the table below;
To standardise Risk Assessment we need give the numbers a value and understanding; so, what if;
1 = No injury.
2 = Minor injury or illness.
3 = 7-day injury or illness.
4 = Specified injury or illness.
5 = Fatality, disabling injury, and so on. and.
1 = Very unlikely.
2 = Unlikely.
3 = Likely.
4 = Very likely.
5 = Almost certain.
So, with ladder access we would have Severity of 5, Likelihood of say 3, = 15 bring us into the Red, very high Risk Rating.
With Stair access; still Severity of 5, but Likelihood of say 1, = 5, still medium risk because of the high severity element, but big difference in the overall Risk Rating.
Look at the Hierarchy of Controls – Eliminate!
Obtain a less hazardous chemical, which would also be safe to the environment.