Hazard Appreciation and Risk Assessment

Hazard Appreciation and Risk Assessment

The DSEAR regulations require a formal hazard/risk assessment to be carried out on any work activities involving hazardous substances. The risk assessment will augment any existing assessment carried out under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people in your work, so that you can determine whether you have taken enough precautions, or whether you should do more to prevent harm.

When conducting risk assessments, the focus should be on dangerous substances being present, or liable to be present. It should need to consider the day-to-day running of your plant, and also any foreseeable events (i.e. plant start-up and shut-down, periodic maintenance etc). Consideration should also be given to risks to the public as well as your own employees.

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Conducting risk assessments does not have to be a complex task. It is often just the case of setting out the correct parameters at the start and using common sense. Our team, can work with yours to conduct a hazard assessment of your plant, or reviewing your existing risk assessments and dealing with any outstanding issues.

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