Not treating a risk assessment plan as carefully as needed means not understanding the real risks and costs of a poorly made risk assessment planning. You need to understand how this process works. It needs efficiency, functionality and very good management in order to perform at its highest rate.
When identifying and establishing a risk assessment process we need to first define the "scope of the separate risk assessment exercises", as Tinus Boshoff writes for the Labourguide.co.za, also mentioning that through the risk assessment process, all of the business and its activities should be comprehensively reviewed and assessed.
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By law if you operate any machinery in your workplace, you must display the General Machinery
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You should, therefore, make sure that no areas or activities are being left out. In what follows, you'll find some guidelines provided by the previously mentioned source in what concerns the planning phase:
- How detailed should a risk assessment be? Keep in mind that the level of detail recorded in the assessment should relate to the level of risk.
- Pay attention to all activities! Although the risk assessment should cover the risk arising out of the work or task which is reasonably foreseeable.
"Risk arising from everyday activities associated with life in general and not normally thought of as being of concern (for example a paper cut) may not require the same detail attention unless the work activity or organisation compounds these risks", states the source.
- although an organisation operates the same activities from similar workplaces and they may produce a basic or generic risk assessment that addresses those risks, local circumstances may require you to adapt or amend the assessment for each workplace or work activity.
- when it comes to operations which don't change, the risk assessment should be such that it is not necessary to repeat it every time someone is exposed to a hazard in comparable circumstances.
- however, for operations which do change often, or where the work activity may change fairly frequently, or the workplace itself changes and develops, or where the work involves workers moving from site to site, the risk assessment will have to concentrate more on the broad range of risks.
Detailed planning and employee training should take account of those risks and enable them to be managed as and when they arise.
In the end, know that a risk assessment is about refrlecting an independent, objective evaluation of the risk attached to the work environment as well as those performing work related activities.