The Risk Assessment Process

Duration: 90 Minutes
Instructor: Michael Ellerby
Webinar Id: 800367


One Attendee


A properly implemented program of risk assessments can assist in the prevention of injuries, fatalities, property damage incidents and other losses. This not only helps to prevent human loss and suffering, but also assists the effective management and finance of any business or organization. The process will also help to protect the organizations commercial reputation.

This course is based on the "Five Steps" approach to Risk Assessment:

  • Identifying the hazards
  • Identifying who may be harmed
  • Estimating the Risk and ensuring that it is Low Enough
    • Existing controls
    • Evaluating Remaining Risk
    • Identifying Additional Control Measures
  • Recording the findings
  • Review and Revising the Assessment

A significant proportion of the Webinar involves looking at a series of "real life" situation and identifying what the associated hazards are. There will be consideration of who may be harmed by these hazards and the focus will be wider than just the immediate workforce (to include visitors, members of the public, contractors, etc). After analysis of the hazards, there will be a tutor led discussion on the control measures that could be employed to either avoid (preferably) or control the hazards. In some cases, different solutions will be proposed. This helps to demonstrate that the process is not "prescriptive", but that there may well be more than one approach that is effective and to highlight the need for the Control Measures to be designed to the circumstances that exist within your Company. Consideration will be given to the "hierarchy of control", showing the importance of electing the most appropriate and effective solution.

Record keeping and the need to keep the risk assessments up to date (reviewing and revising) will be discussed.

Why should you attend: The risk assessment process is an important part in protecting your workers and your business, as well as complying with the law. The process helps you to focus on the risks that really matter in your business - the ones with the potential to cause harm. In many cases, simple and straightforward measures can be used to control risks. For many businesses this may mean simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure that their most valuable asset (the workforce) is protected.

Delegates should attend this Webinar if they wish to understand the risk assessment process and wish to use this process to manage the risks associated with the operation of their business.

This webinar aims to guide you to the information you need to help you identify the hazards associated with the operation of your business and to identify and implement the appropriate control measures required to protect people (your own workers and other people that may be affected by your undertaking).

This webinar will benefit organizations that want to take control of health and safety and want to protect their people from harm. The same approach can also protect the commercial reputation of the Company.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • The importance of Health and Safety
  • Health and Safety drivers
  • Introduction to Risk Assessment
    • Terminology
    • Competent Person
    • Suitable and Sufficient
  • FAQ's
  • The 5 steps of the Risk Assessment process
    • Identifying the hazards
    • Identifying who may be harmed
    • Estimating the Risk and ensuring that it is Low Enough
      • Existing controls
      • Evaluating Remaining Risk
      • Identifying Additional Control Measures
  • Hazards and Risks
  • Control Measures - avoiding and controlling the hazards
  • Risk Rating
  • Recording the Risk Assessment

Who Will Benefit:
  • Owners of Companies
  • Directors and Vice Presidents
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Safety Officers
  • Production Manager
  • Operations Managers
  • Warehouse Managers
  • Leading Hands, Cell Leaders, Charge Hands, etc.

Speaker Profile
Michael Ellerby LLB (Hons) BSc (Hons) CMIOSH MIIRSM MIFSM CChem MRSC CSci

As well as being a Chartered Safety Professional and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Mike is a Chartered Chemist and Scientist. As well as a degree in Chemistry, he also holds a degree in law. Mike runs his own Health and Safety Consultancy and has also acted as Competent Person (Head of Safety Services Department) for the University of Sheffield, England.

Mike is a CIEH Certified Trainer who has written and delivered various training courses. He has acted as a technical author, consultant editor and reviewer of a wide range of safety publications for Companies such as Croner and Wolters Kluwer. Recent and current clients include: Brush Traction (Wabtech), The Garden Centre Group (previously known as Wyevale Garden Centres),The Sweett Group, and the British Library.

He has worked previously as a Technical Manager, Production Manager and Safety Officer for a multi-national industrial company and has been a health and safety consultant for many years (including working for one of the largest consultancies in the United Kingdom). He is now the Director of a health and safety consultancy, which is involved with a diverse range of clients (e.g. manufacturing, catering, logistics, care services, publishing, leisure, etc).

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