£18.00 = 1yr access
Duration | 45 minutes
Risk Assessment training course | Written Risk assessments are a legal requirement for all business in the UK the employ 5 or more staff.
To create a safe workplace you must regularly assess risks and minimise them by improving methods of work. This way you can ensure that the chance of an employee, contractor or member of the public being harmed is as low as reasonably practicable.
HAZARD – Potential source of harm or adverse health effect on a person
RISK – The chance of an accident occurring due to a specific hazard
Risk Assessment Course Objectives
To provide a clear understanding of the risk assessment process so risks can be accurately evaluated and managed and the workplace can become safer.
On completion of this course you will…
| Understand Risk Assessments and the law
| Know why risk assessments are important
| Understand the 5 causes of accidents
| Understand the hierarchy of control
| Understand Method Statements
Section 1 | Legislation
HSE Act 1974; Employer’s responsibilities; Employees responsibilities; Causes of accidents
Section 2 | Accidents Incidents and near misses
Accident and Incident Reporting; Safe Starts & Near Misses; Near Miss reporting; What is an accident; Hierarchy of control
Section 3 | Risk Assessments
Risk/Hazard Identification and control; Risk Assessment Procedure; What is a risk assessment?; Five steps to easy risk assessment; Method statement
The risk assessment training course is suitable for anyone who wished to improve their competence to undertake risk assessments.
On successful completion of this online Risk Assessments training course candidates will receive an echo3education completion certificate. This requires achievement of 80% or more during the final 20 question assessment.
Why take the Risk Assessment online course?
While it should always be a moral obligation to follow health and safety procedures at work, it is also a legal requirement. Both employers and employees are required to uphold certain duties in the workplace with regard to keeping themselves and others safe. The law is there to stop you getting hurt at work and to stop you getting ill because of work.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires organisations to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of its employees.
Risks should be reduced to a reasonably practicable level by taking preventative measures, in order of priority.
- Elimination – Redesign the job or substitute a substance so that the hazard is removed or eliminated.
- Substitution – Replace the material or process with a less hazardous one.
- Engineering controls – For instance, Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where you cannot avoid working at height.
- Administrative controls – Designed to identify and implement the procedures you need to work safely such as reducing the time workers are exposed to hazards.
- Personal protective equipment – Only after all the previous measures have been tried and found ineffective in controlling risks to a reasonably practicable level, must personal protective equipment (PPE) be used.
Risk Assessments and Method statements are designed to assess what hazards are present in your workplace and how you or your colleagues might reduce any potential risk of injury by working out the safest possible approach to the task.
Without effective risk assessment training it is difficult to understand the risk involved in your business and manage them effectively. For an example of factors to consider when undertaking a risk assessment see this example.
Five Steps To Effective Risk Assessment;
Step 1 — Identify the hazards
Step 2 — Decide who might be harmed and how
Step 3 — Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step 4 — Record your findings and implement them
Step 5 — Review your assessment and update if necessary.
Who Should Risk Assess?
The legal responsibilities to ensure that risk assessments are made rests upon the employer who is required to appoint one or more competent persons, to assist in conducting the risk assessments.
Competence is not achieved by obtaining a particular qualification, but results from a combination of adequate knowledge and skills, experience and certain personal qualities such as good judgement.
To be competent for straightforward risk assessments, risk assessors require:
- Experience and training in hazard identification and carrying out risk assessments;
- Knowledge of the processes or activities to be assessed;
- Technical knowledge of the plant or equipment;
- Good communication and report writing skills;
- Ability to interpret legislation and guidance, and
- The right attitude for the task.
Additionally, risk assessors also need:
- An understanding of current best practice in the area of work;
- An awareness of the limitations of one’s own experience and knowledge; and
- The willingness and ability to supplement existing experience and knowledge, when necessary by obtaining external help and advice.
Risk assessments should be practical and well rounded. They should take account of the views of employees, safety representatives, managers and technical experts if necessary.
More complicated assessments may require more specific applied knowledge and skills which can only be delivered by appropriately qualified specialists.
For more assistance see the HSE’s Interactive Tools [External Link]
What you get with the Risk Assessment Training Course
| Accelerated Learning – 45 minutes
| Kept up to date with with UK legislation
| Assignment & reporting included
| Self-print certificate emailed on completion
| 12 months unlimited access to content
| Volume discounts available. Prices from £5 per learner