Risk assessment is not

Submitted by Maeve on 11 July 2017 - 04:07 pm

Risk assessment is not something you look at, nor is something that should be considered a written artefact. It is a process of understanding the work context, the hazards that present themselves in what and how people do their work, and an analysis with shared learning for those who do the job and for the company about what could happen and what should be done. It must come from those who do the job. The paperwork comes last. Narrowing the gap between what the paperwork says and what is the actual experience of workers will be the first step towards having a realistic risk assessment. Plus it is worth noting that prescribing risk controls that can't be applied or compete with other objectives which govern employees work will do little to save a company from prosecution. The first conversation a regulator has with a member of staff during an investigation will show the reality of how people have to do their work. The risk assessment may not be worth the paper its written on...