Risk Assessment Essay

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Risk assessments at work were officially introduced by the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974. Employers were required to take practicable precautions to protect their employees. This involves a balanced judgment of the magnitude of the risk and the effort needed to remove or reduce it, in terms of the time, trouble and cost of these steps required. The legal requirement for risk assessments was developed in 1992 by the introduction of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (amended 1999). These regulations said that significant findings from risk assessments must be recorded. Other regulations require specific assessments and significant findings to be recorded, such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002), the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. Assessment of risk is one of the most important steps you must take to protect your workforce and business. In order to carry out adequate risk assessments individuals need to have an idea of the relative importance of the risks and to know as much about them as possible, in order to decide on control measures which are most appropriate and cost effective. The two most common types of risk assessment are quantitative risk assessments, and qualitative risk assessments. Qualitative risk assessments produce a probability estimate, based on known risk information applied to the particular situation under consideration. Quantitative are subjective, based on personal judgment backed by data on risk. These are similar to the risk assessments we make in our everyday lives. According to (Gill, 2009) After the September 11th terrorist attacks, there was a vigorous effort on the part of the US to increase emergency management

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