As part of managing the health and safety of your company in the UAE, you must conduct risk assessments to ensure the safety of your staff and customers. To do this, you need to think about what may cause harm to people, and what you will do to ensure that this harm doesn’t become a reality.
A risk assessment is identifying control measures to control the risks you have identified in your workplace.
There are five steps you should follow to ensure that you have a strong risk assessment:
Step One – Identify the hazards
Walk around your workplace and think about any hazards that are present. Identify what activities, processes or substances could injure your employees or harm their health? Think about previous accidents / incidents from your report forms to highlight areas of historical problems.
Step Two – Identify who might be harmed
Think how employees might be harmed in the workplace. Ask your employees what they think the hazards are, or how previous employees may have been harmed, or nearly harmed. Also think about people as visitors, contractors, maintenance workers and members of the public who may be harmed by activities in your workplace.
Step Three – Evaluate the risks
Having identified the hazards, you have to decide how likely it is that harm will occur. What you must do is make sure you know about the main risks and the things you need to do to manage them responsibly. Improving health and safety does not cost a lot but failure to take simple precautions could cost you a great deal if an accident occurs.
Step Four – Record your significant findings
You need to record the hazards, how people might be harmed by them and what control measures you have put in place to control the risks. You must always order your risk in order of importance and address the most serious risks first to prevent them from occurring as best as possible. Also, Identify long-term solutions to further control the risks if you feel there are more opportunities to further reduce the risk.
Step Five -Review your risk assessment
Always review the risk assessment as and when required. Commonly, risk assessments are reviewed annually, when anything changes or new products are purchased, and most importantly, immediately following an accident / incident. Always ask yourself the following questions:
Have there been any significant changes to the workplace?
Are there further improvements required?
Have your workers or members of the public spotted a problem?
Have you learnt anything from accident / incident reporting?
Are you based in the UAE and want a free two-hour risk assessment training? Hamilton Training have a free risk assessment training on Thursday 6th March from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Sign up here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Trumpeter is the Head of Hamilton Training Operations and originally from the UK. Ryan’s passion for drowning prevention and pool safety led him into the health & safety industry, building a wide range of experience in training & assessing, qualification development and swimming pool safety. With over 10 years experience, Ryan’s passion lies in implementing robust safety measures to prevent drowning.