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Conducting a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment? Make sure you consider these 12 points

by , 31 January 2014
There are a dozen things you must take into account when you do a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA). Read on to find out what they are so you can do a thorough one.

The Health & Safety Club says one way of ensuring your company identifies hazards and assesses risks is to do a complete and proper risk assessment of your workplace.

The technical term for this process is 'Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment' or HIRA.

But conducting HIRA isn't straightforward. You need to plan how you'll conduct your assessment.

You also need to determine the type of resources you need to perform the assessment.

How do you do this?

To do a thorough HIRA, consider the following 12 points:

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You must consider the:

  1. Location of your premises and suitability for the work to be done;
  2. Raw materials you'll use;
  3. Process flow of work;
  4. Products made or services provided;
  5. Machinery or any other equipment used to manufacture your product or deliver a service;
  6. By-products or waste products of the manufacturing or service delivery process;
  7. Hazards associated with final product;
  8. Storage and distribution;
  9. Energy sources used;
  10. Ergonomics, (i.e. the interface between the work being done, the equipment and the people doing the work);
  11. Number of people that may be exposed to each hazard; and
  12. Skill and knowledge levels of your work force.

That's not all.

You HIRA process wouldn't be complete if you don't develop a plan to manage incidents.

The Health & Safety Advisor says if an incident happens in your workplace, you must follow the correct procedure to investigate and report the incident.

'Getting this wrong could cost your company hundreds of thousands of rand and you could face criminal prosecution.'

Taking all these factors into account will help ensure you do a thorough a HIRA.

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