Step 1: Identify the hazard
What is it about the activities, processes or substances used that could injure your employees or harm their health?
Step 2: Who may be harmed and how?
Ask your employees what they think the hazards are, as they may notice things that are not obvious to you and may have some good ideas on how to control the risks.
Think about people who might not be in the workplace all the time, such as visitors, contractors and maintenance workers
Step 3: Evaluate the risk and decide on precautions
This means employers must consider how likely it is that each hazard could cause harm. This will determine whether or not your employer should reduce the level of risk.
Step 4: Record your significant findings
Use a survey to write down your findings
Step 5: Review your risk assessment and update if necessary
Look at your risk assessment again and ask yourself:
- Have there been any significant changes?
- Are there improvements you still need to make?
- Have your workers spotted a problem?
- Have you learned anything from accidents or near misses?