To us Risk Assessment is the key to everything. A well written Risk Assessment that is followed through will have identified all of the risks and have come up with a strategy that will ensure worker safety throughout the task to be undertaken.
Generic Risk Assessments
These are assessments that are already written for a task that in detail looks similar to the task that is required to be done. Be very careful with these! They are a great starting point but every job should have a Specific Risk Assessment done for it. This may mean that only a few details need to be altered from the generic one but that is what saves lives.
Specific Risk Assessment
This is the best every time. The Risk Assessment is written from start to finish for the specific task you are about to undertake. This will allow for any eventuality and the workforce will not only be safe but usually complete the task quicker because all of the pitfalls and criteria are known and fully understood.
Dynamic Risk Assessment
This is where the Risk assessment is done at the time of the task to be undertaken. It usually applies to our rescue services where they have responded to an emergency call. It is always worth remembering that whilst the emergency services will always do their best to help, the overriding criteria are to ensure safety to the team first. This will, and rightfully should, always take priority over the rescue. Dynamic Risk Assessments are not usually as fast as some think they should be but that is because they are trying to ensure that what has already gone wrong does not happen to their team.
Risk Assessment Implementation
The best Risk Assessment in the world is worthless unless the people conducting the task have read and understood it! This is the most common problem we see and generally results in accidents.