Health and Safety Hazards and Risks in Construction
Carrying out a health and safety risk assessment
Assessment of hazards and risks
The purpose of a
assessment in this case is to indicate to
designers the potential effect of their design on
the health and safety of workers. As a consequence,
designers will be able to judge the weight they
should give to health and safety and whether, on
balance, the design can be left unchanged or should
be altered to reduce the health and safety risk.
What is ‘reasonably practicable’ (which also
involves cost and other design goals) becomes part
of this judgement.
There is a variety of risk assessment methods,
ranging from the crudely qualitative to the
relatively sophisticated quantitative. Any method
chosen will, to some degree, be subjective and
arbitrary but, nevertheless, can prove useful
provided it is appropriate for its purpose and its
limitations are recognised.
Our Construction Health and Safety consultants
are able to produce, all health and Safety related
documents including, project specific
Statements and Risk Assessments and Pre- Tender
Health and Safety Plans. Oldham Associates also
have in house specialist expertise of Contract
Management and Contract Law.