Risk assessments are often seen as unnecessary red tape that interfere with jobs being conducted, they are however vital in keeping employees safe and also for complying with the law. Despite being well discussed, many people do not have a full understanding of what a risk assessment actually is, why it is necessary and how they can be conducted.
What is a risk assessment?
A risk assessment helps to protect both your workers and your business. By completing a risk assessment you can identify those risks that are most likely to cause harm and by doing this it allows you come up with measures to control these risks. Measures can be as simple as cleaning up any spillages as soon as they occur to stop people from slipping over.
Why do you need a risk assessment?
Your employees have a right to be protected and it is your responsibility to make sure reasonable measures are taken to protect them. This is what conducting a risk assessment allows you to do. If an accident occurs it can ruin the lives of those involved. Your business could also be affected by the costs of damaged machinery, increased insurance costs and even the possibility of court action.
How to conduct a risk assessment?
The HSE lists 5 key steps to assess the risk in your workplace when conducting a risk assessment. These steps are as follows:
Step 1: Identify the hazards
Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how
Step 3: Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step 4: Record your findings and implement them
Step 5: Review your assessment and update if necessary
These steps do not go into great detail but they give a basic overview on what is needed to conduct a risk assessment for your farm.
Key to Remember
It is important that you do not just find a template risk assessment and put your company name on it. This is unlikely to be much help to your employees and is also unlikely to satisfy the law. A risk assessment needs to be bespoke to your business, as each individual business has both its own hazards and controls.
If you have any concerns after reading this information or would like some help with Risk Assessments on your farm, please get in contact with us.
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