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Risk Assessment
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The following examples may give trainers, teachers or managers hints for increasing the ability of risk assessment. The selection is in random order and may not show all examples we have (we are constantly working on new examples), so feel free to browse our TOOLBOX or GOOD PRACTICE area for more information.


OiRA Online Interactive Risk Assessment (Europe)
Website
OiRA is a comprehensive, easy to use and cost-free web application. It helps micro and small organisations to put in place a thorough step-by-step risk assessment process – from the identification and evaluation of workplace risks, through decision making on preventive actions and the completion of these actions, to continued monitoring and reporting.
With a potential audience of some 20 million micro and small organisations throughout the European Union (EU27), OiRA has a key role to play in making Europe a safer and healthier place to work and by doing so, supporting the goals of the European Community Strategy for Health and Safety at Work 2007-2012.


Integrating OSH into University Engineering degree courses (UK)
University of Liverpool web site
HSL web site
The University of Liverpool integrates, in association with the Health and Safety Laboratory, OSH into different courses. The aims of this cooperation are:
- to create the ultimate learning environment for the engineers of tomorrow
- to develop programmes that strike an appropriate balance between theoretical, professional and personal learning
- to graduate distinctive Liverpool Engineers who are ready to meet the need of modern industry
- to integrate health and safety risk concepts into the undergraduate engineering course
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


Safety Team (Germany)
Website
2013 Süwag set the goal not only to increase safety at work of its employees, but also those of partner companies. While the number of in-house accident had previously been minimized by 80 percent, the accident rate in the approximately 500 partner companies was about five to ten times higher.
In order to reduce the accident rate, the project called "Safety Team" was started: a security team is formed, for example, when Süwag cooperates with a partner company for the first time. It is composed of one charge and a security expert of Süwag and one of the respective partner company.


The five safety rules tutorial (International)
Website
This online tutorial teaches the risks and hazards of working with electricity. It is interactive with an exercise sheet.


The Dangers of working outside (UK)
Website
A couple of materials including PDF files and videos on the topic “The dangers of working outside”: Solar radiation – the facts, Sun exposure information, Skin cancer – facts, Sun safety video, Skin type scale, Quiz, Case study by Royal Mail, Sun safety checklist and Overview of solar radiation (video).


Risk Assessment (UK)
Website
This leaflet is aimed at employers, managers and others with responsibility for health and safety. It will also be useful to employees and safety representatives.
As part of managing the health and safety of a business, the risks at the workplace must be controlled. To do this, employers, managers, employees and safety representatives need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether they are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm.


TrimMare (Finland)
E- mail contact
A project by the Seamen’s Pension Fund (Merimieselakekassa) to support Finnish seafarers’ occupational well-being and working capacity by developing the operations of the shipping companies, their occupational health care systems and occupational safety organizations.
The main focus of the project has been on health hazard assessment and preventive measures. The personnel of the shipping companies, the personnel administration and occupational health care cooperate to promote the functionality of the workplace communities on board. Seafarers are encouraged to take care of their own well-being whether they are at home with their families or working at sea.


Virtual Enterprise in 3D (Italy, France)
Website (French version)
"The virtual enterprise" is an application that, through 3D animation, presents some typical risk situations in the workplace and shows what are the possible actions for their elimination or reduction. It then can be used individually or as part of training, to stimulate sensitivity to identify risks and appropriate preventive measures.
The application is the Italian edition of the product "The entreprise virtuelle" of the French Ministry of Labour and has been designed and promoted by 'INAIL part of an agreement between the Italian Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of French labor.


Safety (in) knowledge (Romania)
Blog
The blog "Safety (in) knowledge" - here for instance the article "An expert approach to risk assessment" can be a useful resource. The blog is mainly in Romanian and has more than 16000 constant readers.


Five steps to risk assessment (UK)
Website
A project by the Health and Safety Excutive HSE to improve the ability of risk assessment. A risk assessment is an important step in protecting workers and business, as well as complying with the law. This is a five step plan for risk assessment: Step 1 Identify the hazards, Step 2 Decide who might be harmed and how, Step 3 Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions, Step 4 Record your findings and implement them and Step 5 Review your assessment and update if necessary.


Safety apprentices (Germany)
Project web site
The RAG coal mine Prosper-Haniel in Bottrop employs 4,500 staff and has a population of almost three hundred students to the major training companies in the northern Ruhr area. Security experts and trainers of mine had the idea of providing occupational safety during the training already.
Selected apprentices - in addition to the company security officer – were made "Security Apprentices". In special training skills are taught in Occupational Safety and accidents are analyzed.
Trainees gain insight into the safety work underground and the risks that may be associated with certain operational processes.


Preventing Accidents to children and young persons in agriculture (Ireland)
E- Mail contact
A project by the Health and Safety Authority, Dublin to raise awareness amongst farmers regarding hazards for children at the farm by providing a code of practice for work activities
This includes the preparation of a safety statement and the carrying out of a risk assessment.


Master in Risk Assessment and risk analysis (Italy)
Project web site
This course at the University of Milan is addressed to graduates and professionals wishing to specialise and take up a career in Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis.
This is the 3rd edition of the Master Course, that has been promoted and co-ordinated in the first edition by Prof. Marco Maroni. Most of the participants in the previous editions are currently employed in the field of Risk Assessment. Courses are delivered by leading European experts in Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis.


Machinery Risk Assessment (UK)
Project web site
The Health and Safety Laboratory HSL runs a series of two-day training course on Machinery Risk Assessment. Suppliers of new machinery are required under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations to carry out machinery risk assessments when new equipment is designed. Companies also need to carry out risk assessment for existing plant under the Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). Risk assessment is also essential before machinery is modified.


NAPO: “Give check to the risk!” (Germany)
Web site
This Napo movie deals with risk assessmant. It shows the difference between danger and risk. This cartoon movie, which is in German but nearly without words, showa how dangers can be eliminated and risks can be minimized. Target of the movie is to show the importance of risk assessment by dealing with everyday situations.
Napo and his colleagues want to motivate employees to strengthen OSH at their worplaces and campaign it to their supervisors. The movie is subdivided in different parts: „Danger!“, „Assessing the risk“, „Identify the unknown“, „Action!“, „Dangerous combination“, „Eliminate the risk“ and „Safety pays off“.


Bringing drama to construction safety training (UK)
E- mail contact
There are many and well documented problems in ensuring safety on construction sites and the industry’s accident record is in dire need of improvement. Hence the novel approach adopted here of using drama and role-playing to engage site workers in occupational safety and health (OSH) issues and brings risk assessment ‘alive’. This method was able to rely very little on written instructions and concentrated on visual examples and the spoken word, using topics to which the audience could readily relate such as football, eagerness to get away to the pub and pressure from the boss. These provided the context within which actors could play out examples of bad practice and involve the audience in re-running the scenes with good safety practices.


Safety Management, Occupational Hygiene and Ergonomics (Poland)
Project web site
During the educational process the students acquire current knowledge regarding ergonomics, safety and health protection, analysis and assessment of occupational risk, safety and work hygiene management. They also advance their skills in designing, implementing, maintaining and mastering systems of occupational safety management. Special emphasis is placed on providing students with the ability of practical use of the knowledge acquired.


Surveying safely – your guide to personal safety at work (UK)
PDF file
Serious accidents at work destroy and disrupt family and personal lives. The loss of a parent, breadwinner, partner, friend is devastating and trying to rebuild a life after a serious accident can be equally traumatic, especially if it could have been avoided.Surveyors have a critical role, whatever part they play in the industry. Decisions taken in the Boardroom can have as much influence on Health and Safety as working practices in the office, travelling on business or being at a property or on site. Adequate planning, innovation and best practice, good design, sufficient resources and effective training will provide a better product more safely and more economically.


Safety Passport (UK)
Project web site
The Safety Training Passport Scheme is one of the various safety passport schemes in the UK. All Safety Passport holders attend a basic one or two day course, which is a mixture of spoken word, videos and power point/OHP presentation. Assessment tests will be included at the end of each course module.


Educating Engineers In Risk Concepts (UK)
Project web site
This project by HSE was set up to incorporate risk education into the curriculum of an undergraduate engineering course in a UK university for the 2005/06 academic year. Drawing upon other relevant work in the field of risk education, a proposed set of risk education topic areas was developed for undergraduate engineering students. These were grounded in current professional requirements of the engineering institutions, legislation, and best practice described in relevant HSE publications and current academic courses.


Promotion of risk awareness in children and young people (Italy)
Company web site
Del Giudice S.r.l. has, from 1990 to the present day and for all school years, adopted a collaborative approach between enterprises and schools / universities, by disseminating examples of good practice based on effective risk evaluation and a subsequent action programme involving a holistic approach to the employment of young workers. The aim is to contribute to the provision of information and training for new generations in the fields of safety at work and environmental safety.


To learn more, go to our TOOLBOX and type in the title of the example, go to the GOOD PRACTICE area (if the example is presented there) or follow the link to the project web site.