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    HSE AND THE ‘SECRETS’ OF RISK ASSESSMENT

    hselogo1Regulator advice on successful risk assessment comes at a price

    The latest HSE Training and Events bulletin promotes a one day workshop entitled The Inspectors Guide to Risk Assessment under the heading “Pssst! Learn the secrets of successful risk assessment from an HSE Inspector”.

    The Bulletin states:

    “As part of managing the health and safety of your business, you must control the risks in your workplace. You are required to carry out a risk assessment by law and, of course, it’s important to get it right.

    So wouldn’t it be useful to know how HSE examines and uses employers’ risk assessments? What the common errors that HSE finds in the risk assessment process are? And how to use this information to manage risks more effectively and avoid enforcement action?”

    Sadly, readers can only access this very useful information from the national workplace health and safety regulator by paying over £500 per person to attend a 1 day workshop.

    Comment

    The workshop looks highly informative and HSE promises “a rare opportunity to see the world through an HSE inspector’s eyes.”

    Problems with implementing the risk assessment legal requirement is frequently mentioned by the regulator in accounts of incidents and subsequent HSE prosecutions.

    So, why should such insight be a “secret”, disclosed only to those able and prepared to pay for a one day workshop?

    Surely, this information should be shared with everyone in short simple transparent HSE guidance freely available to all those looking to comply with risk assessment requirements?

    A key HSE statutory function is to make arrangements to secure that employers are “adequately advised”.

    The regulator is missing a great opportunity to help reduce harm at work by restricting access to vital advice on risk assessment.

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