Risk assessment is a legal requirement under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Regulation 3 states that a risk assessment must be carried out by a competent person for the purpose of identifying the measures that employers or self-employed persons must take in order to comply with their duties under all applicable health and safety legislation. Risk Assessment is also a requirement of other pieces of health and safety legislation such as the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, The Control of Substances to Health Regulations 2002, The Work at Height Regulations 2005 to name a few.
Risk assessments are also an important step in protecting your workers and your business. They help you focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace – the ones with the potential to cause real harm.
The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as ‘reasonably practicable’. The QSS Group Limited (QSS) can assist you in achieving this with a minimum of fuss.
Working with you, your employees and employee representatives, QSS will undertake a careful examination of what, in your workplace, could cause harm to people, property or the environment. This will enable us to assess whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm.
Accidents and ill health can ruin lives and significantly impact on your business performance if output is lost, machinery damaged or placed out of use. Insurance costs will increase and you may have to go to court when faced with prosecution. Our wide experience in the field of risk assessment and loss control provides you with peace of mind knowing that your workplace risks have been identified and controlled.
QSS offer a range of services allied to risk assessment including assessor training, auditing, preparation of risk assessment procedures and advice on control measures.
QSS has extensive experience of supporting operational risk management systems using a robust assessment and analysis process. Using industry data wherever possible to underpin basic risk values, QSS construct a database framework that allow each Hazard, Precursor, Consequence and Frequency to be assessed in an appropriate and prioritised framework. For the rail industry, this is based on RSSB's Safety Risk Model. QSS then manage and run a series of review workshops to adapt, improve and re-quantify the model using personal experience and actual incident and accident data. This makes the output both relevant and current to each organisation, building an actual risk profile that is of direct service in the review and improvement of management systems and in the determination of the relative significance of control measures.
Where we are also supporting SMS development, QSS would break down all management system controls into distinct control measure statements. Each statement is then linked into the risk model. This knowledge is then used to assist in the development and systematic implementation of management system improvement and validation of change (including re-organisations).