Jetbusters Risk Assessment
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, require that employers, and the self-employed, must undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
A risk assessment is simply an examination of the work we are going to carry out and the working environment. The objective of a risk assessment is to identify anything with the potential to cause accidents and ill-health to either our employees or to members of the public.
If this assessment identifies a substantial a risk to health and safety, we must implement measures to either eradicate or mitigate the risk to a reasonable level. The law does have an appreciation for the fact that it is not possible to eliminate all risk; however, it does require all risks to be controlled. Jetbusters has a legal obligation to record the significant findings of the assessment.
We review the risk assessment on a frequent basis as and when there are any changes in the environment, personnel, equipment used etc. and this carried out annually regardless of change in the aforementioned.
Although Jetbusters has the duty to ensure that the risk assessment is carried out, we must also ensure that whoever undertakes the risk assessment is competent to do so. This may be via formal training or simply by virtue of time served in that particular discipline.
When considering the risks associated with our actions we need to first look at the hazards.
A HAZARD is defined as “anything, which has the potential to cause harm”
Examples of typical hazards are as follows: -
• Working at height with no edge protection
• Working in the presence of asbestos containing materials
• Working with chemicals.
In order to differentiate between the severities of the identified risks, we give them a risk rating.
Our Risk assessments are easy to understand, and it is vital that we only judge whether the hazards are significant and whether or not the precautions in place are acceptable.