A Risk Assessment identifies areas where there could be the risk of an accident, and puts in place measures to either completely prevent and accident or reduce the risk of an accident occurring.
A Risk Assessment may also look at other areas of health and safety, for example, identifying employees at risk of stress, sunburn, noise exposure, chemical burns, working at heights, etc.
The benefit of a Risk Assessment is that accidents are reduced, along with injuries and deaths. They also help to reduce litigation in the event of a workplace injury.
In addition, risk assessments assist productivity, can result in happier and healthier employees, save money over time and provide a position company image.
My companies approach to safety consulting and accident prevention is founded on the zero-accident philosophy, the belief that workplace accidents are:
The guiding principle in this philosophy shapes the creation of solutions to predict and prevent accidents and establish an organizational culture in which accidents are viewed as unacceptable. Within my organisation, employees build on the zero-accident philosophy, proactively addressing potential hazards before losses can occur. The zero-accident philosophy has proven to not only enhance employee safety and well-being, but also to increase morale, productivity, and work quality, and to decrease accident-related expenditures.