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If you didn't look for these three common hazards, your risk assessment is incomplete

by , 13 August 2014
Do you know what you're looking for during a risk assessment? If not, how do you know you've identified everything you needed to?

If you miss risks, your risk assessment is incomplete and that means your employees are still in danger.

That's why you need to create a list that starts with the most common and the most serious accidents. So when you start your risk assessment ensure you deal with the most important things first.

Start with these three common hazards to ensure your risk assessment is complete...

 

Look for these three common hazards to ensure a thorough risk assessment 

 
When you get started with your risk assessment, always look for:
 
1. Equipment or mechanical hazards
You need to ensure all of your equipment and machinery is in good working order and doesn't cause any risk to your employees. Old or damaged equipment and machinery can cause serious: 
- Burns;
- Cuts;
- Eye damage;
- Fires;
- Shrapnel; and
- Crushing accidents.
 
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2. Employee hazards
Employees can sometimes be the biggest danger in your workplace. If they behave badly, they can cause serious accidents and injure themselves and others. Even if your employees behave properly, but they don't have the right training to work safely, can cause serious accidents.
 
3. Environmental hazards
These are any hazards and risks that come from the environment your employees work in. For example:
- High dust, gas or fume concentration because of poor ventilation;
- Poor lighting;
- Raised work areas that can cause falling hazards;
- Open chemicals; and
- Constantly wet conditions.
 
Whenever you do a risk assessment, you must ensure you look for these three common types of risks to ensure your risk assessment is complete and your employees really are safe.

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Risk Assessment Guide. It has everything you need to ensure your risk assessments are 100% legally compliant
 

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