As part of managing the health and safety of your organization you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out. It is important to remember that when you conduct a risk assessment you also take into account how your activities will affect people outside your organization.

A risk assessment is not about creating enormous amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.

Your assessment can help you identify where you need to look at certain risks and these particular control measures in more detail. These control measures do not have to be assessed separately but can be considered as part of, or an extension of, your overall risk assessment. By using a risk matrix you will also be able to evaluate whether the measures you have implemented have minimized the risks you have identified to an acceptable level, if it cannot be eliminated totally.

At Ruansa we will compile a tailor made risk assessment based on your organization’s specific risk profile. Your risk assessment will be in line with ISO 31000 which is the international standard for risk management.