Risk assessment is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, but what does it really mean? In this article, we will discuss how risk assessments should be performed and give an example of one successful process. We will also highlight the importance of good communication during the process.
The first step in any risk assessment procedure would include an analysis which identifies potential risks associated with performing work tasks or other activities. One such analytical tool for identifying risks is called ‘hazard identification’ which has two parts: First identify hazards (or dangers) through exposure to them personally or by observing others who are exposed regularly; then rank the hazard as low-level, high-level, extreme level etc., based on its severity.
Hazard Identification can help you anticipate not only what could happen but also how likely it might be and what the effects of that event would be. It doesn’t seem like a lot of work at face value – just take some time to think about your day.