Risk assessment is a thorough evaluation of task, job, or process that you can carry out for the purpose of:
- Recognizing the potential hazards present, that can cause harm to your workers health
- Deciding if the measures you already have in place are minimizing the risk of a worker being harmed to an acceptable level
- Deciding what additional control measures, you need to take to minimize the risk of the worker to an acceptable level
For some risks, there are regulations that need particular control measures, and your assessment will help you identify specific areas you need to look at in more detail. These measures do not really have to be evaluated differently, but can be considered as part of or extension of your overall risk assessment.
Statistics show that every year 3% of workers suffer from ailments they believe to be work related. Another 3% sustain work related injuries. Falls from height account to 19%, lifting and handling 22%, falls, trips and slips 2 % and another 11% accounts for workers struck by objects. In the period 2014/15, at least 35 workers have been fatally injured and such worrying statistics have led to almost 1.7 million working days lost.
How to get the most out of conducting a risk analysis
To get the maximum possible results while carrying out a risk assessment exercise for your business the following processes must be followed:
- Monitor the risks/hazards
- Evaluate the possibility of an injury occurring and its severity
- Consider normal operational situations and non standards events like emergencies, power outages and shutdowns
- Look at all available safety and health information about hazards
- Identify necessary actions to eliminate or manage the risk
- Keep monitoring to ensure the risk is under control
- Keep crucial records, which include detailed processes used in assessing the risk, evaluations, recommendations, and conclusions made during the assessment
The best risk assessment procedures are carried out by a third party or qualifies safety agent.
What can go wrong when conducting risk analysis
A number of things can go wrong during this process. Some of them are listed below:
Not involving a team in the assessment process or employees with practical experience of the activity being assessed is not good. All these individuals should be involved since they can contribute to different stages of the process.
When you do not designate the risk assessment to competent person things can go wrong. More or extra experts can be brought on board if necessary. For instance, a wiring engineer may not have the knowledge needed to assess the risk arising from complex plumbing processes.
Likewise, involving people in the risk assessment process who are not familiar with your construction business can cause things to backfire. Therefore, it is important that whenever any expert is brought on board, provide them with clear company information, clear statement and objectives. This can help in tailoring the approaches required to achieve maximum results.
What things to be aware of in risk assessment
Some of the things you need to be aware of when carrying out risk assessment for your construction business include most of which can be identified by a professional safety consultant.
- You need to be aware of existing options available to help in ranking or prioritizing possible risks
- The available methods of hazard controls
- The kind of documentations required for risk assessment
- What is the overall goal of your risk assessment process
In conclusion, conducting risk analysis for your construction industry should be a painless process as long as you know what your focus is. Correctly laid down procedures helps you to prepare for unforeseen circumstances, and consequently improve the quality of work being done. By offering valuable sustainability through your construction process, risk assessment will help you to ensure production of quality deliverables on time and within your desired budget limits.