10/28/2010

Risk assessment: all you have to know!

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work identifies, analyses, and
shares good practices, scientific research and statistics to promote a risk
prevention culture and make workplaces safer, healthier and more productive.

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of the European approach to prevent
occupational accidents and ill health.

There are good reasons for this. If the risk assessment process - the start of
the health and safety management approach - is not done well or not done at
all, the appropriate preventive measures are unlikely to be identified or put
in place.



Every year, millions of people in the EU are injured at work, or have their
health seriously harmed in the workplace. That is why risk assessment is so
important, as the key to healthy workplaces. Risk assessment is a dynamic
process that allows enterprises and organisations to put in place a proactive
policy of managing workplace risks.

For these reasons, it is important that all types and sizes of enterprise carry
out regular assessments. Proper risk assessment includes, among others things,
making sure that all relevant risks are taken into account (not only the
immediate or obvious ones), checking the efficiency of the safety measures
adopted, documenting the outcomes of the assessment and reviewing the
assessment regularly to keep it updated.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work