Risk Assessment Policy
For any organisation, risk assessment forms the back bone of its safety management system, the principles are very simple and we do this every day of our lives. You would not think about how to cross a road after you had done it, you think about it beforehand - and there you have it... risk assessment.
Although many people think it is a dark art, only for those who have had extensive training to be able to do it, this is not the case. With a little training, support and knowledge, anyone can assess the risks of an activity and when you think about it, those creating risks are most likely to be best placed to assess and control them. The University applies the same principles and therefore everyone has a shared responsibility to manage risk.
The Policy Statement prescribes how the University approaches risk assessment. It clearly sets out expectations, how things should be done and the standards to be achieved so that the University Health and Safety Policy can be properly implemented.
SCoP 02 RISK ASSESSMENT provides background to why we need to carry out risk assessment, but more importantly how to approach it. It is simple guidance for all those who have to assess risk in the workplace. The guidance introduces the new template RA1 to be used when assessing general risk. It is not to be used for more specific assessments for example DSE, manual handling, noise at work, young persons, new and expectant mothers etc as these are covered in separate policy documents.
If you are required to carry out general risk assessment, you must be familiar with SCoP 02 and have received the day long training session on Practical Risk Assessment.