Risk Assessment

We can do and fully manage your company’s risk assessment based on the legislative requirements and the suitability thereof for your company. Risk Assessments are to be developed by a suitably qualified person appointed in writing and all hazards and risks are to be identified, mitigating controls are to be implemented and these are to be communicated to all workers involved. Various forms of Risk Assessments are available e.g.

  •  The Base Line Risk Assessment is conducted from the original Site visit and the Risks and Hazards identified.
  • Task Based Risk Assessments are conducted taking the various tasks to be performed and the equipment used on the Site into consideration.
  • Risk Assessments which take all the risks and hazards of various job types face into consideration can also be conducted, e.g. the Risks and Hazards faced by a Boilermaker, Plumber, Electrician etc. during the various tasks they perform.

Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (Hira)

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) is the basis of any risk management plan. A risk assessment forms the first two parts of your safety management system.  

Hazard

The OHS Act defines a hazard as a source of or exposure to danger. It can further be said that a hazard is a condition, activity, object (material) or substance that has the ability to cause harm in certain circumstances.

Risk

Risk is the chance or likelihood of a hazard causing harm to a person, to property or the environment. The extend of the risk depends not only on the severity of potential harm to a person or the environment but also on other factors such as the number of people exposed, etc. 

There are three types of risk assessments, baseline, issue-based and continuous risk assessments.

Baseline Risk Assessments

The baseline risk assessment is done to determine the risk for the first time, i.e. to establish a broad-based risk profile. Depending on the results of the baseline risk assessment specific aspects or issues will be highlighted. The baseline risk assessment must be reviewed on regular intervals to re-establish the baseline profile as to minimize the risks in the organization.

Issue-based Risk Assessments

This is when baseline risk assessments are assessed in far more detail using the appropriate issue-based risk assessment techniques such as HAZOP, FMEA, Fault Tree Analysis, etc. An issue-based risk assessment will be performed due to highlighted aspects or issues, new processes, new machines or the ongoing risk assessments in an organization.

Continuous Risk Assessments

These risk assessments are part of all forms formal and informal inspections and observations that take place daily or on regular intervals.

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