Risk Assessments

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As an occupational health service provider, we like to support your company with the safety of your employees as much as possible. That is why we provide free guidance for employers on how to carry out certain occupational risk assessments, in order to determine certain hazards on an individual case basis. The resources we provide offer support in ensuring the safety of workers who may be affected by the occupational environment, so employers can identify factors needed to make the workplace as safe as possible for the individual.

Our free health and safety risk assessment documents can be downloaded from our resources page.

We currently offer free risk assessment downloads on the following topics;

Visit our Resources page for Risk Assessment documents and other occupational health and safety resources.

What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is the process of identifying a known hazard and determining the risk of that hazard to an individual (employee).

Risk assessments are usually carried out internally by health and safety leaders, who have their own risk assessment processes. As a result of these risk assessments, you may identify the need for occupational health services, such as health surveillance or DSE services. We provide risk assessment resources for guidance purposes, but if you need help with the assessments, you can speak to us and we can discuss supporting you with these.

Risk assessments include:

  • Identifying hazards and risk factors that could cause harm (hazard identification)
  • Analyzing and evaluating the risks associated with that known hazard (risk analysis, and risk evaluation)
  • Determining appropriate ways to eliminate the known hazard, or if the hazard cannot be eliminated, finding ways to control the risk (risk control).

Pregnancy Risk Assessment

One of the areas that we help identify risk to pregnant women is through a pregnancy risk assessment. We have a generic risk pregnancy risk assessment available on our free downloadable resource page that identifies as many different workplace hazards that we can reasonably include. You are welcome to download this for use in your own company and adjust it to your own requirements or we can come and do the assessment for you.

A risk assessment provides a thorough look at your workplace to identify those things, situations, processes, etc. that may cause harm, particularly to people. After identification is made, you analyze and evaluate how likely and severe the risk is. When this determination is made, you can next, decide what measures should be in place to effectively eliminate or control the harm from happening.

You can download our Pregnancy Risk Assessment on our Resources page.

Returning To Work Following COVID-19 Risk Assessment

The pandemic has caused a shift in a lot of work practices, one of the big ones is people not attending their workplace whether that is due to furlough or the ‘work from home’ message. As things are going back to a new normal, businesses need to prepare for their staff’s return to work – whether this be gradually or entirely.

As an employer, you have a legal duty to make the workplace a safe working environment for all staff. It is the responsibility of the employer to regularly conduct workplace risk assessments and create a safe workplace or work structure that minimises the risk to staff including contracting COVID-19.

We have developed a free COVID-19 risk assessment for businesses that helps employers to approach protective measures on an individualised basis. Our COVID Return To Work Risk Assessment will help to identify potential risks for employees returning to work, with COVID still an active risk. Assessing and determining the individual’s risk will allow you to make their work experience safer.

This guidance is applicable to all individuals returning to work, but is especially relevant to vulnerable people who are at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.

You can download our COVID – Return to Work Risk Assessment on our Resources page.

David Barber Occupational Health

We carry out assessments as part of our occupational health services, such as general health assessments as part of our Health Surveillance, ergonomics assessments as part of our DSE Service, and a Fit for Work assessment as part of our Fit for Work Medical. The risk assessment sheets provided on our resources page are purely for guidance purposes only. If you would like more information on any of our services, please contact our occupational health team today.

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