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    HSE INSPECTOR GUIDE TO RISK ASSESSMENT

    Regulator offers training course on all aspects of risk assessment

    HSE is offering a priced training course run by the HSE Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) in Buxton and delivered by a “senior HSE inspector with more than 25 years experience”.

    The events are described as “a rare opportunity to understand your regulator by seeing the world through an inspector’s eyes”.

    You will and learn how HSE examines and uses employer risk assessments; the common errors that HSE finds in the risk assessment process; and how to use this information to manage risks more effectively and avoid enforcement action.

    Subjects covered by the event

    The course will cover:

    • Types – the different types of risk assessments required under health and safety legislation.
    • Use – how HSE inspectors use risk assessments during inspections and investigations, and how they form judgements about whether risks are being adequately controlled.
    • Errors – the common errors that inspectors find in risk assessments and in how businesses use them to manage risks.
    • Enforcement – the circumstances where an inadequate risk assessment may cause an Inspector to take enforcement action, and what form that action is likely to take.
    • Improvement – how to improve your risk assessment processes, manage risks better and avoid formal or informal action.

    HSL say the event is designed for health and safety specialists responsible for managing or advising on the interface between businesses and the HSE and business owners or managers responsible for managing and controlling risks.

    The cost of this course is £495 per person. For dates and additional information email: training@hsl.gsi.gov.uk or contact the Training & Conferences Unit at HSL direct on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

    Comment

    Risk assessment is the starting point for effectively minimising the harm caused by work activities.

    HSE publish guidance on risk assessment yet many small and larger businesses still remain unclear about the process and level of detail required by the regulator.

    A HSE publication based on the subjects covered above would be welcome. It is a pity that the advice provided in this priced training course is not available free of charge on the HSE website.

     

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