Whether you are looking for guidance on starting your risk assessments from scratch, wanting someone to support your staff whilst completing their own assessments, or sourcing a specialist to do them for you, we have a solution for you. With over 25 years experience in risk assessment training and management we doubt you will have a challenge that we haven’t encountered and overcome before.
We work with you and your people throughout, because you and your team are the experts in how you operate and the daily hazards that ensue. We will listen closely to your needs and compare these with what is required to both manage legal compliance as well as add value to your business by eliminating or reducing risks; at the same time we use our quality management expertise in an integrated approach to identify improvements and efficiencies in the way tasks are completed or areas are used.
We will design an assessment format that suits your house style and is user friendly. We already have a number of formats which have tried the test of time and been easy to use.
We will help you prioritise what you need to do via a process of consultation, and taking into account your operational pressures. Once the assessment plan is agreed with you we will deliver at a timeframe to suit your shifts / business objectives, and produce documented assessments within our standard of 10 days, often sooner if they are needed more quickly.
We will talk with you throughout the process so you remain fully confident of the support you are receiving, and be assured you are receiving the service you wanted in a way that is Practical, Helpful, Sensible and Cost-effective. That’s why we’re called PHSC/
Types of Assessment Service We Offer
- Designing your assessments and assessment system from scratch
- Completing generic assessments of your key tasks, processes and work areas for your managers to modify and personalise
- Completing assessments on your behalf of general risks as well as specific or specialised topics (eg dangerous substances and explosive substances DSEAR, manual handling, specific machinery or equipment, violence and aggression etc)
- Training your managers via our practical workshop in how to do their own assessments (see our training section for more information by clicking here)
- Mentoring and shadow-training individuals as they work with one of our consultants
- Reviewing your assessments.
To learn more about the success of our risk assessment services, please read our Risk Assessment Case Study: Risk assessment case study
What is risk assessment?
Every employer is under a statutory duty to arrange for a “competent person” to assess all risks arising at the workplace, or created by work activities. Some risks are of a general nature, but others will need to be considered against more specialised legislation.
Risk assessment is also a valuable opportunity for you to identify any potential problems and dangers before they happen. This simple process can save you thousands of pounds in lost time, production, and injured or demotivated staff. The trick is to integrate this process into your working procedures rather than making it an add-on job when often it becomes little more than a “tick-box” exercise.
What Risk Assessments Do You Need?
The more common subjects that require assessment include:
- For General risks (tasks, processes or work areas within your organisation)
(Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations)
- Where exposure to substances may cause damage to health
(Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations)
- At workstations where computers are used
(Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations). See > more details.
- Where hazardous lifting or carrying tasks are undertaken
(Manual Handling Operations Regulations)
- In noisy environments which could cause damage to hearing
(Noise at Work Regulations)
See more details in > Environmental services.
- Fire safety
The fire risk assessment should consider the building layout and construction, its use, materials and processes, fire management arrangements and fire protective systems.
- Other specific requirements for assessments include: selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and assessing the presence, type and location of asbestos. Please click here if you are looking for asbestos assessments and surveys
How we can help
We can arrange for a qualified safety practitioner to carry out risk assessments on your behalf. Our assessment may take the form of a general risk review, or may involve a more detailed analysis of a specific hazard. Simply click here to request a call from us:
We have our own standard report forms for all types of risk assessment, and these can be adapted to suit your own needs at no extra cost. The copyright of our forms will be waived so that you can continue with the same system once we have finished on site.
If you already use your own style of paperwork, we will be pleased to work to that format.
Common Q &As
Why are risk assessments so important?
Apart from them being a legal requirement, they provide the opportunity to look ahead at what could go wrong, rather than deal with the consequences of failure. They can save you valuable time, money and business reputation.
What is the purpose of a risk assessment?
To identify anything that has the potential to cause harm or damage to people, property and products in your business. It is like looking into a crystal ball in that you are trying to pre-empt what could go wrong and then put processes in place to eliminate the chances of it happening, or the consequences if it does go wrong.
How to do a Risk Assessment?
There are many publications around that vary from too basic and simple to overly technical and complicated. The HSE website provides examples of risk assessment formats and templates that you can use and can be found here for a wide range of business sectors.
These templates don’t qualify or quantify the level of risk and perhaps this is something you should consider adding to help demonstrate to your stakeholders why you’ve calculated a risk as High, Medium or Low. This can be done in a simple matrix which considers the likelihood of injury/damage etc as well as the potential consequences or seriousness if it does happen.