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Health and Safety Risk Assessments

PREVENTIVE AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES

PREVENTIVE AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES

In deciding upon the preventive and protective measures, the following principles should be applied:

  1. It is always best if possible to avoid a risk altogether.
  2. Combat risks at source.
  3. Wherever possible, adapt work to the individual.
  4. Take advantage of technological and technical progress.
  5. They should form part of a coherent policy and approach.
  6. Give a priority to those measures which protect the whole workplace.
  7. Workers need to be involved, and understand what they need to do.
  8. A 'safety culture' should be developed within the organisation.

EXAMPLES OF RISK ASSESSMENTS

Booklet HSG(183) contains excellent case study examples of risk assessments carried out in an office, a motor vehicle repair shop and a warehouse (amongst others) under the headings of setting the scene, preparation, touring the workplace and completing the risk assessment


Last updated 19/12/2008

 


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