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C.Jerman
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top
We had a meeting at the BRC recently where the HSE tabled a discussion about the future of risk assessments. We have been pressing the HSE for some time now about this subject. The basis of the argument is this:

If you agree that we probably won't have risk assessments as we do no, in say 100 years then at which point do we change? 99 years? 50 years? 37 years? 5 years?

Ahh hang on, suddenly 5 years looks very close doesn't it. But if not soon then when? 99 years?

OK this isn't about just putting them on a bonfire, it's about shifting the emphasis. We have been doing risk assessments in this format for over 20 years. Surely we have worked out what we need to make the place safe enough by now haven't we? So why do we all keep reviewing them and writing new ones etc? Simple really, we wish to comply with the law and when they are not available, the authorities like to prosecute us plus of course we then open the flood gates to civil action. Basically all the wrong reasons. We use risk assessments, yes I did say USE risk assessments ion our business. They aren't for show, but it would be nice not to have to continually spend time and effort on them when they have delivered what we needed to know.

Well the HSE are up for a debate on this and are starting to come around to the idea that assessments, unlike puppies, might just be for Christmas after all and maybe we should ease off a bit.

We like this but they have to do one thing before it could work and that's work with the judiciary! But watch this space.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:38 pm Reply with quote Back to top
113 views and no comments? Come on folks. This surely has to be good news. Or do you want to be reviewing risk assessments when you're 65?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:31 am Reply with quote Back to top
I am only three years away anyway so definitely will still be doing them when I'm 65 ha.
I suppose it all depends on why you create RA's and what you do with them. In my previous company we used them as a training aid for the hazardous processes we used. Sadly, some companies just use them to 'tick a box'. I feel that if your business has good H&S practices in place with good method statement / operating procedures for training, there is no real need for them. I see the stumbling block being those companies that need to do them just so they look at H&S at all. Just a thought.  
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top
I agree with that. One of the issues though is that insurers place such a weight on having them in terms of civil claims that you'd be hard pressed to change your view on having them.
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