Avoiding Risk Assessment Pitfalls
WHAT IS A PLANT RISK ASSESSMENT (PRA)?
A PRA involves a comprehensive inspection of a piece of plant or equipment to ensure it is safe for use.
HOW DO I DO A PLANT RISK ASSESSMENT?
Traditionally, Plant Risk Assessments are conducted using a 4 step process:
If an error or oversight is made in Steps 1 to 3, this is likely to lead to fundamental flaws in the Plant Risk Assessment.
WHAT ARE THE PITFALLS WHEN CONDUCTING PLANT RISK ASSESSMENTS?
- Poor knowledge of the plant being assessed & its functions
- Poor understanding of hazards present
- Poor understanding of the risk analysis/evaluation process
- Poor understanding of the controls required on particular types of plant
- Inconsistently identifying hazards, assessing risks and specifying controls
- Failure to implement controls required by the PRA
- PRAs incomprehensible, misunderstood and unusable in the field