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Four important pieces of information you must record during a risk assessment

by , 24 July 2014
If you're on a mission to improve workplace health and safety, you need to identify the risks first. Every workplace and every job has its own risks. If you don't identify them, your mission will fail.

The good news is, it's easy to succeed if you simply do a risk assessment! All you need to do is plan, observe, assess and deal with the risks.

But to complete this process, you must record some key information about the risks you identify or your risk management plan will self-destruct. Here's the information you must record...

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To record your risk assessment information properly you need a risk register

When it comes to documenting your risk assessment, you need a way to do it properly. A risk register will help you do this.
This register is basically a form you must draw up. You'll write all of the important information about each risk on this register so you can deal with it effectively later.
Once you've created your risk register, this is the information you must record on it during the assessment...

Record this important risk assessment information on your risk register

1. Date and assessors
This is simply to help you identify when you did the risk assessment and who helped you do it.
2. The risk type
Risks come in many different forms, it could be a fire risk, falling risk, chemical risk and so on.
3. The level of risk
This shows how serious the risk is. Rate the risk between one and five. One is a minor risk that could cause accidents without injuries, while five is a risk that could cause fatal accidents.
4. The cause of the risk
Do your employees, tools, machines, working conditions, work cause this risk?
All of this information is vital when it comes to your risk management plan so ensure you record all of it correctly.
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