Risk Assessment in a working environment

Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Nov 15, 2017

Risk Assessment in a working environment

What is a risk assessment and why is it necessary before performing a job? A risk assessment is an evaluation where you list things your assume and things you are uncertain that could happen when a particular job is performed. It is necessary to know if the job is worth the certain costs to ensure that value will be added over the value spent during the installation or work process.

    FEMA lists four basic parts:
  1. hazard identification
  2. profiling of hazard events
  3. inventory of assets
  4. estimation of potential human and economic losses based on the exposure and vulnerability of people, buildings, and infrastructure.
    In material handling and industrial environments, we apply these four basic parts as follows:
  1. identify hazards
  2. profile the hazards with each type of job
  3. inventory of business asset
  4. review insurance plan with employee potential accidents/losses, assets and building damage
Guardrail protecting worker

Risk assessment can be positive, provided a safety plan is put into place ahead of time. PPE is a must on the job, and fall arrest systems are required by OSHA when the surface edge is not protected with a guardrail over 6 feet in the air. Do not risk your employees lives - YorkHoist can install these preventative systems today.

Learn more from this pdf from OSHA on assessing risk. Miss last week’s blog post on drowsy driving? Click here.

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