Risk Assessments explained

Workplace risk assessment plays a crucial and potentially life-saving role in ensuring your workplace is compliant and most importantly, safe for your employees. Each year, physical contact with machines and powered equipment causes a huge number of accidents, which too often result in amputations and fatalities. Most incidents can be prevented through accurate identification of risks and implementation of appropriate safeguarding measures.

 

Why should you get a risk assessment?

If anyone in your workplace operates machinery or works with hazardous substances, your company should carry out a risk assessment.

There is also a legal requirement for organisations to carry out and review their risk assessments on a regular basis by competent and independent parties (this can be an internal person).

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Risk looks different in every industry and company

Machines may already have multiple compliance flaws when they arrive at your workplace. These can only be properly assessed on a case-by-case basis.  This includes the plant layout and specific processes the machine will be involved in, the compliance standards specific to your industry or country, and also human error.

Non-compliant features of machines can result in $300,000 fines for your company. Many risks aren’t easily identifiable, even by high-level health and safety managers. Seeking guidance from specialists in the field is often the only way you can ensure your workplace is completely up to standard. 

No matter their level of experience or training, the workers who operate your machinery are all susceptible to human error. Effective safeguarding protects against lapses in attention, inadvertent contact with moving parts, control system disorder and changes in workplace processes and staffing. We have years of experience assessing, predicting and observing the effects of human error; some may describe this as making them “idiot-proof” – we call it “human proof”. This is why our expertise is so valuable in assessing risk.

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When should you get an assessment?

Risk assessments should be done whenever changes are made to your workplace processes, especially when new machinery or systems are introduced or new tasks using existing machinery are added. Any change in process, equipment or layout creates new potential risks that should be evaluated and addressed by an expert.

Our clients appreciate that they can have the peace of mind knowing that they are compliant with their health and safety obligations.

Most importantly, they know they have done all they could to make sure their employees are safe at work.

The risk assessment process

Our specialised machine safety risk assessors carry out in-depth audits to identify all hazards and risk factors with potential to cause harm. We get to know your company personally so that we can discuss your limitations and concerns. We use our own innovative software tool to streamline this process.

We assess new and existing machinery against standards such as:

  • AS/NZS 4024:2014 – Safety of Machinery
  • EN ISO 13849 – Safety of Machinery – Safety Related parts of control systems
  • AS 60204 – Safety of Machinery – Electrical equipment of machines
  • AS 3000 – Wiring Regulations
  • Other relevant standards.

We then create detailed reports with scoped solutions to outline which risks are your most urgent priorities. We will take the time to explain what all of our data means for your company, what your priorities should be, and what your options are for optimal safety for your workplace.

Read more about our risk assessment projects here.

Next steps

Risk assessments bring to light often hundreds of risks to the safety of workers who operate your machines.

Too often after an assessment we see clients become overwhelmed by the amount or complexity of the work that needs to be done. They can’t see how to take necessary action so they leave things as they are, long after their risk assessment.

Risk management needs to be done properly. If the process is ineffective, you may put in a lot of work and resources only to remain non-compliant, or have to redo the work in a few years. Risk solutions must be properly planned, prioritised, designed and implemented in order to be truly effective.

If your concerned about your workplace machine safety risks, contact us today.

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New Zealand / Australia