13.8 Conduct an assessment of the risks in the workplace

Key Role

This standard deals with the following:

1. Identify hazards in the workplace.
2. Assess the level of risk and recommend action.
3. Review your workplace assessment of risks.

This activity is likely to be undertaken by someone whose work role involves Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions or Explosives work activities. This includes people working as manufacture and transport supervisors.

Performance Criteria

1. Identify hazards in the workplace
P1 define clearly, why and where the risk assessment will be carried out
P2 confirm that all the information available to you on statutory health and safety regulations is up-to-date and from recognized and reliable information sources
P3 recognize your own limitations and seek expert advice and guidance on risk assessment when appropriate
P4 select a method of identifying hazards appropriate to the workplace being assessed
P5 ensure your investigation fully identifies those areas in the workplace where hazards with a potential for serious harm to health and safety are most likely to occur
P6 identify hazards which could result in serious harm to others
P7 record those hazards in a way which meets legal, good practice and workplace requirements
P8 report the results of the process to the responsible persons in an agreed format and timescale
P9 work safely at all times

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Identify hazards in the workplace
K1 your legal duties for health and safety in the workplace as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
K2 your duties for health and safety as defined by any specific legislation covering your job role
K3 methods of identifying hazards including direct observation, examining records or interview
K4 hazards that are most likely to cause harm to health and safety
K5 the particular health and safety risks which may be present in your own job role and the precautions to be taken
K6 the work areas and people for whom you are carrying out the assessment
K7 work activities of the people in the workplace where you are carrying out the risk assessment
K8 resources required for a risk assessment to take place
K9 information sources for risk assessments
K10 the importance of dealing with or promptly reporting risks
K11 where to find expert advice and guidance

Scope and Range

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