Step 3 – Evaluate the risks and adequacy of current control measures

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Evaluate the risks and adequacy of current control measures

Having identified the hazards, you then have to decide how likely it is that harm will occur. You also need to consider the severity of that harm. For example, the consequence of getting a paper cut from opening a letter is low as it’s a minor injury. The consequence of falling off a roof is very high as it may be fatal or cause serious life changing injuries.

After you have weighed up the likelihood and the severity of the hazard and understand the risk it presents, you then need to consider the suitability of the current control measures. You are not expected to eliminate all risks but you need to do everything ‘reasonably practicable’ to protect people from harm. This means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the risk in terms of money, time and resources. Therefore, the higher the level of risk the more money, time and resources you would be expect to use in order to adequately control the risk.

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