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Risk Assessment

Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, requires that employers carry out an identification of their workplace hazards and an assessment of the risks posed by those hazards.

The ultimate goal of hazard identification and risk assessment is to devise and implement appropriate controls to ensure in so far as is reasonably practicable, that the risks are reduced to an acceptable level.

Carraig Safety’s team of consultants can guide management through the risk assessment process from identification of hazards to risk quantification, and determining appropriate solutions. We can help in all aspects of hazard and risk management from procedures to training to monitoring and review.

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What are the Benefits?

Compliant with Legislation

Benefits of a Site Specific Safety Statement which we provide include, protection of employees, legal protection for the business, i.e. reduced likelihood of criminal / civil prosecution, and economic benefits where the business saves financially such as reduced insurance, accidents and compensation payouts etc...

Failure to have a relevant up-to-date, site specific Safety Statement can result in the Health and Safety Authority initiating criminal proceedings against Directors and Senior Managers who on indictment can receive €3 million euro fines and / or up to 2 years in jail.

Cost Savings for Organisation

Conducting regular risk assessments may cost time in the short term, however as you spend time and resources to improve conditions, but you will protect yourself from the risk of fines or being sued by an employee or member of the public in the future and allowing you to negotiate Renewal Terms with Insurance.

Trusted Service

We at Carraig Safety have a vast experience of developing Site Specific Risk Assessments for small, medium and large enterprises nationwide and are experts in areas of Production, Chemicals, SME’s and Large Corporate Bodies.

What is a Risk Assessment?

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has outlines that Risk Assessments must:

  • Address significant hazards and risk
  • Apply to all aspects of the work including lone work, shift work and work away from the main workplace
  • Cover routine and non-routine operations including maintenance and breakdowns
What is involved with developing Risk Assessments?

Typically developing a Risk Assessment will include:

  • Hazard Identification.
  • Implement control measures to reduce risk.
  • Liaise with client in correct operation of safety management system.
  • Conduct periodic reviews of hazards in your operation and advice on interventions to manage risk.

With the correct control measures in place as a result of identifying risk areas a company can:

  • Create and maintain a culture of risk awareness
  • Reduce risk of damages awards and negative publicity
  • Reduce possibility of fines and penalties
  • Have a positive impact on employees behaviour and absence / stress incidents
  • Reduces risk of third party action for damages
  • Supports Insurance placements and premium mitigation
  • Improvement in health and safety in the workplace and increased efficiency
FAQ's

Is Risk Assessments a Legal Requirement?

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of a comprehensive and legally compliant safety management system and at Carraig Safety we pride ourselves on providing a practical, quality and legally compliant solutions to our clients

Where in the Legislation does it state I need Risk Assessments?

Section 19 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires every employer to identify hazards in the workplace, assess the risk from these hazards and have a written risk assessment of the risks as they apply to persons exposed to them in the workplace.

How would having a Consultant carrying out Risk Assessments benefit my Company?

Under current legislation the maximum fine for a Health and Safety related offence is €3000 on summary conviction and up to €3,000,000 or 2 years imprisonment on indictment. It is now widely recognised that effective workplace health and safety management actually contributes to business success, whereas accidents and ill health have costs, often hidden and underestimated.

Any Other Questions?

We'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have by phone or email. You can click the button below to ask a question online, or call us on 01 6293852.

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