Introduction to Risk Assessment

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Introduction to Risk Assessment Online Training

This online course explains the risk assessment process and how to apply it to the workplace. Risk assessment is a careful examination of anything in the workplace that might cause injury or harm. The process helps managers to assess if there is a significant risk and if there is, what safeguards are required.

The risk assessment process is part of the foundation of health and safety in the UK. It’s vital that all employers, managers and employees have an understanding of this process.

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Why this Risk Assessment Online Course is Vital

Risk assessment is crucial to health and safety at work. It provides employers with a tool to identify the hazards present in their working environment and assess the level of risk that those hazards present. It also informs them what measures are necessary to reduce those hazards to acceptable levels.

Employers must apply risk assessments because it:

  • Lets employers know if they are doing enough to protect the workforce and others from harm
  • Enables employers to demonstrate a good business practice
  • Improves business performance

Whatever an organisation’s size, employers are also legally obligated to assess possible workplace risks.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 says:

“Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of – (a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work, and (b) the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking”

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Section 3 (1)

This risk assessment awareness training helps ensure employers are meeting their legal, moral and financial duties to apply risk assessments to their workplaces.

Course Objectives

The training course explains the importance of risk assessment in the workplace and explains the risk assessment process and risk rating systems. It provides a practical understanding of how to apply risk assessment to real-life scenarios.

Prerequisites

This online health and safety training is a basic level course and requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No prior course certification requirement

Course Content of This Introduction to Risk Assessment Training

This risk assessment training course is broken into the following sections:

  • Why Do We Need Risk Assessment?
  • Types of hazards
  • Identify the Hazards
  • Estimate the Risk
  • Evaluate the Risk
  • Record your findings
  • Review your Findings
  • Reducing Risks
  • Available Risk Controls
  • Deciding Risk Controls

Who Should Take This Risk Assessment Online Training?

This online training is suitable for those who have the responsibility to carry out risk assessments at their workplace – also known as the “competent person”. It is also for anyone that needs to understand risk assessments and how it applies to their work.

This training is suitable for all industries, work premises and meets compliance with relevant health and safety legislation.

Learning Outcomes of Risk Assessment Introduction Course

The delegates will learn the following aspects of the risk assessment process in this training course:

  • Risk assessment and its objectives
  • Main steps of risk assessment
  • Six main hazard categories in the workplace
  • How to lower and control them to acceptable levels
  • Hierarchy of risk controls
  • Factors that help in deciding risk controls selection

Benefits of this Online Training Course

The benefits to employers and employees from this course are as follows:

Employer Benefits

  • Reduces the risk of injuries and accidents
  • Improves safety culture among the organisation
  • Enhances the productivity of employees
  • Compliant with health and safety legislation
  • Saves cost on injuries and accidents
  • Offers legal protection against damages
  • Builds positive organisation’s image within the global market

Employee Benefits

  • Helps managers and supervisors to understand the risk assessment process
  • Creates awareness of various hazards in a working environment
  • Develops an understanding of safety measures to minimise injuries and accidents
  • Educates how to apply risk assessment to the workplace

Why Choose Human Focus For Basic Risk Assessment Training?

Human Focus e-learning course about introduction to risk assessment is:

  • RoSPA-approved
  • Video-based training
  • No hidden cost
  • Compliant with health and safety legislation
  • Easy-to-use learning management system (LMS)
  • Tracking of training and training records
  • Self-paced learning opportunity
  • Runs on any electronic device with an internet connection

Course Format

Format: 100% online

Course length:  42 + Minutes

This online training on hazard identification and risk assessment is designed to make learning easy. Therefore, the learning time varies depending upon the delegates’ pace.

  • Single – module
  • Mini-quizzes right after each section
  • Knowledge test at the end of the course

Knowledge Test 

The knowledge test is an end test which is a pass or fail assessment. It aims to assess delegates’ knowledge gained by this course. The delegates need to score at least 80% on the test to complete the certification.

If trainees fail to pass the test, two more attempts are given free of course.

Certificate

On completion of this introduction to risk assessment course, RoSPA-approved e-certificates are awarded to the delegates. These e-certificates are sent in PDF format and are printable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a risk assessment?

The purpose of risk assessment is to evaluate workplace hazards and then minimise the occurrence of such hazards by adding control measures, as required.

Why are risk assessments important?

Risk assessment is a legal requirement. All businesses are required to consider health and safety risks in the workplace and take actions to minimise their occurrence. But, the importance of risk assessment goes beyond achieving compliance.

Risk assessment prevents workplace accidents, cutting down injury rates, and even saving human lives. The specific hazards identified in the assessment create awareness among employees and managers. It also helps to identify who is at high risk and how to implement control measures to save them from dangers.

Even if control measures are in place, regular risk assessment is important to discover whether these are enough or new ones need to be created to achieve a safe working environment.

How to write a risk assessment?

Risk assessment does not involve a huge amount of paperwork. Rather, it is a simple process of finding the possible risks in the workplace and effective ways of keeping the workforce safe from these risks.

To write an effective risk assessment, follow the below-mentioned simple steps and start recording.

  • Identify the workplace hazards
  • Decide who can be harmed and how?
  • Evaluate the risksand decide on precautionary measures
  • Record the findings and implement
  • Review the risk assessmentand update, accordingly

The Health and Safety Executive provides Risk assessment templates and examples.

Who is responsible for the completion of risk assessments?

By law, employers are responsible for conducting risk assessments in workplaces. However, it does not mean that business owners themselves need to conduct risk assessments. They can appoint a manager, supervisor, or any competent employee in the workplace to carry out this process. This person should be competent enough to uphold health and safety duties to meet all the requirements.

What are the benefits of conducting risk assessment?

The benefits of carrying out a risk assessment include:

  • Controlling of workplace hazards
  • Creating awareness among employees, and use it as a training tool
  • Setting risk management standards
  • Reducing the rate of injuries and accidents
  • Saving costs by being proactive instead of reactive

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