Risk Assessment and Management of the Workplace
This training package on risk assessment and management at the workplace seeks primarily to empower owners and managers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take action themselves to improve safety and health conditions in their workplaces.
Work-related injuries and ill health can ruin lives and affect businesses if output is lost, machinery damaged, insurance costs increase, etc. This is something that small businesses, particularly vulnerable to the impact of occupational accidents and work-related ill health, cannot afford – morally and economically. It is precisely to avoid this sort of situation that this training package has been devised.
Risk assessment as a key tool in managing occupational safety and health at an enterprise and gives employers and businesses a means to be proactive, to identify hazards and take action to remedy problems before they cause an accident or ill health. As this training package demonstrates, the solutions are not so difficult to develop as they are based on the owner’s and workers’ intimate knowledge of their own workplace. The aim is to help employers and workers find cost-effective, practical solutions to control risks in their workplaces.
Risk assessment is a self-help tool. It allows employers and businesses, with the participation of the workforce, to take action themselves to remedy safety and health problems and come up with cost-effective solutions. Using risk assessment, employers and businesses identify and evaluate the risks that arise in their workplaces and, based on their analysis, they can then put sensible safety and health measures in place, in order to control them.
The training package is designed to help those running and working in SMEs, as well as those who work with or provide services to SMEs, work step by step through the logistics of a risk assessment. It is aimed primarily at owners/employers of SMEs, the people who are responsible – legally in many countries – for ensuring that risk assessment is part and parcel of doing business.
It is also of interest to others, the workers and their representatives at the workplace, labour inspectors, employers’ organizations and trade unions who may use the materials in training for their members.
The training package consists of three modules. The main module is a self-help tool which covers the five steps of carrying out a risk assessment. It will instill confidence and empower owners and workers of SMEs to carry out their own risk assessments. A second module outlines a trainers’ toolkit, developed to support risk assessment training courses and to help trainers plan risk assessment programmes. It includes activity sheets to guide participants through the risk assessment process. Finally, a third module gives examples of risk assessments for selected occupational sectors where SMEs are prevalent.
We feel that the training package will serve its purpose as a simple, practical tool to help employers and workers find cost-effective, practical solutions to control the risks in their workplaces to the benefit of workers and owners alike.
Over the course of 1 day we will cover the following topics:
- Basic concepts and terminology on risk assessment
- Carrying out the risk assessment
- STEP 1: Identify the hazards
- STEP 2: Identify who might be harmed and how
- STEP 3: Evaluate the risk – identify and decide on the safety and health risk control measures
- STEP 4: Record who is responsible for implementing which risk control measures, and the timeframe
- STEP 5: Record your findings, monitor and review your risk assessment, and update when necessary
- Planning, conducting and evaluating training activities: Checklists for trainers
- Activity 1 – STEP 1: Identifying hazards in the workplace
- Activity 2 – STEP 2: Who is at risk, and how?
- Activity 3 – STEP 3 A and B: Identifying and deciding on risk control measures
- Activity 4 – STEP 4: Evaluating the degree of risk, and prioritizing risks for action
- Examples of Risk Assessments in selected workplaces