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Occupational Risk Assessment
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Managing various processes in an organization on a daily basis, you probably have to make various decisions. Every decision made involves risk.
Sometimes the risk is so small, even negligible, that we forget about it. However, sometimes neglecting certain factors can lead to serious consequences. That’s why there is something called occupational health and safety (OHS) risk assessment. What is it? What does the occupational risk assessment look like?
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According to Article 226 of the Labor Code, the employer has the following duties:
Assess and document occupational risks associated with the performed work and implement necessary preventive measures to reduce the risks.
1)Inform employees about occupational risks associated with the performed work and the principles of protection against threats.
2)Additionally, the result of the occupational risk assessment may affect other employer obligations, such as the requirement to conduct periodic training for employees employed in administrative and office positions (Article 237(3) § 22 of the Labor Code).
The occupational risk assessment is a document that should be developed collaboratively, especially by individuals with knowledge about the specific job position. The requirement for consulting on the occupational risk assessment is reflected in Article 237(11a) § 1:
The employer consults with employees or their representatives on all actions related to occupational safety and health, particularly concerning:
3) the assessment of occupational risks associated with specific tasks and informing employees about such risks.
By using the services of a health and safety specialist, you can be sure that the developed occupational risk assessment for the workplace is carried out correctly. There are various methods for conducting occupational risk analysis, such as the Polish standard PN-N-18002; Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA); Risk Score; and Job Safety Analysis (JSA). However, at times, there may be a choice to make regarding which method is most suitable for a specific workplace and is understandable for employees.
When selecting a method and gathering the results of occupational risk analysis, having a person with knowledge and experience in this field can be helpful.
At EHS Consulting, we start by conducting a “zero” audit, during which we assess the hazards at a given workplace. During the audit, we pay attention to the compliance of the job position with occupational safety and fire protection requirements.
In the assessment, you will find a double estimation of occupational risk (before and after the implementation of preventive measures). This makes it easier to analyze the risk reduction after the introduction of remedial measures.
After obtaining the risk values, we determine whether they are at an acceptable level. Immediate actions are required for unacceptable risks (e.g., by applying protective measures). Work cannot commence or continue until the occupational risk is reduced to an acceptable level.
If we receive a risk at an acceptable level, it is worth considering whether further improvement of working conditions is possible. Otherwise, we should ensure that the occupational risk remains at the same level at most.
It is important that the planned and implemented solutions are:
- adequate to the existing threats in the organization;
- consulted with employees and/or their representatives;
- periodically reviewed and modified if necessary.
The next step is the ongoing monitoring of harmful, onerous, and dangerous factors present at a given workplace. Every company undergoes changes, and various job-related threats may also be subject to changes. Through constant contact, we can determine whether a re-evaluation of occupational risk is required.
The cost of developing an occupational risk assessment depends on:
- The number of workplaces for which the occupational risk assessment is to be prepared,
- On-site visits within the company (upon the client’s request),
- The complexity of documentation and the need to base it on the company’s templates.
The price of developing documentation includes:
- Drafting the document in accordance with the adopted assumptions and after consultations with the client,
- The possibility to make corrections to the documents based on feedback from the client,
- Further consultations after the document has been implemented.
The first step is to contact us by phone or email
The second step is to understand the client’s needs and propose conditions
The third step is to establish cooperation and start activities
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Occupational Risk Assessment – Warsaw and the Surrounding Areas
Organizing workstations is similar. We are faced with a choice: buying new protections, re-planning processes, reorganizing workstations. These actions can have a real impact on the level of occupational risk. When developing an occupational risk assessment, we pay attention to the analysis of the current state (characteristics of the hazard, its consequences, and the level of risk), and then we proceed to corrective actions.
Occupational risk assessment is not only a legal requirement but, above all, a tool for analyzing safety in the workplace.
With the introduction of changes in workstations or processes, the assessment should be regularly updated.
Workplace Risk Assessment in Warsaw – Use the Services of Specialists
By utilizing the services of a health and safety specialist, you can be certain that the developed occupational risk assessment for the workplace is carried out correctly. There are various methods for conducting occupational risk analysis, including the Polish standard PN-N-18002; Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA); Risk Score; and Job Safety Analysis (JSA). However, at times, you may face the choice of which method works best in a particular workplace and is understandable for the employees.
In the selection of methods and the gathering of results from occupational risk analysis, a person with knowledge and experience in this area can be of assistance.
Occupational Risk Assessment at the Workplace in EHS Consulting – Starting with a Zero Audit
At EHS Consulting, the management of occupational health and safety begins with conducting a “zero” audit, during which we assess the hazards at a specific workplace. During the audit, attention is paid to the compliance of the workplace with occupational safety and fire protection requirements. Verification is carried out using a checklist that includes questions such as:
- workspace Surface and Volume:
- Is the employee provided with not less than 2 m² of free floor space at the workplace?
- Does the volume of the workplace amount to not less than 13 m³?
- Is the surface of the passage (communication route) inside the facility stable, even, and non-slippery?
- Are there any wires posing a tripping hazard in the passages?
- evacuation and Fire Protection:
- Have evacuation routes from all rooms of the facility been ensured?
- Has the effectiveness of anti-shock protection been confirmed by measurements?
- Are the results of the above-mentioned measurements up to date?
- Is access to natural light provided at the workplace?
- Are emergency lights (safety, evacuation) provided in rooms and workplaces where lighting failure may pose a threat to the life or health of employees?
- Does the noise in the workplace not exceed 75 dB?
- Is the temperature in the workplace ensured – a minimum of 18°C? (Minimum 18°C, but for the sake of work comfort, it should be around 22°C)
- Do devices on the workplace equipment meet compliance assessment requirements? (CE marked, have operating instructions in Polish)
- Are the devices operated in accordance with the operating instructions?
- Is the operating manual prepared in a user-friendly manner?
- Are devices equipped with buttons that allow easy and quick shutdown?
- occupational risk assessment and training:
- Has occupational risk been assessed at workplaces?
- Has the occupational risk assessment been documented?
- Have employees been provided with the opportunity to administer first aid in the event of an accident or other unfortunate incident? (Designated and trained employees, provided with first aid supplies)
- Have employees undergone initial job-specific occupational health and safety training?