Specified Risk & Your Organisation
Health and safety legislation often highlights that provision for a suitable, sufficient and highly-qualified safety and rescue team should be in position for any work undertaken at height, in confined space, near fire or water or any other hazardous working conditions and environments.
No employee, contractor or personnel should enter or undertake work in a confined space or at height, unless they are fully competent and compliant to undertake the work, are prepared and have the right equipment. Considerations should also allow for the rescue of personnel should an emergency occur.
What are the specific risks your organisation, premises and assets are susceptible to?
- An emergency response team would be required were specified risk exists, to respond to an emergency or incident. Specified risks can relate to an environment or location (i.e confined space) and what could happen in that environment (i.e lack of oxygen) and may include:
- Confined Space (lack of oxygen, poor lighting, drowning and falls)
- Events (volume of attendees, fire safety and escape routes)
- Fire (burns, explosion and smoke inhalation)
- Hazmat and environmental (spillages, chemical leaks, pollution and chemical burns)
- Height (falls, dropped tools, medical emergency at height, unsuitable and insufficient equipment and capability of undertaking a rescue)
- Medical and First Aid (Insufficient medical provision and situated in the wrong location, burns, inhalation and digestion)
- Natural Disasters
- Water (drown, shock from cold water and broken bones)
Should a specified risk exist within your organisation or at your premises or site, it could have legal implications resulting from both internal and external factors that affect the operations of your business.
Specified risks depend on factors such as:
- Site owner and nature of your business
- Legislation and how it affects your organisation
- The level of perceived risk within your organisation (if you house chemicals on-site – what could be the impact of a contamination outbreak)
- Level of incidents and how they impact on your workforce
- The safety of your workforce
- Perception of your brand within the local community
- Does your organisation have a positive culture towards safety?
- Accessibility to confined space areas
- Local environment
- Media perception
Emergency Response Teams - Primary Objectives
Emergency response teams can deliver a vast range of proactive and reactive benefits, once deployed. The primary objective of an emergency response team will always be to reduce risk and incidents as well as safeguard and maintain high standards of health and safety to ensure everyone understands the safety culture and community cohesion.
These proactive measures will help to create a positive approach to safety intervention as well as incident prevention. However, should an incident occur from those aforementioned specified risks, you will have a dedicated team of highly experienced and knowledgeable rescue and safety personnel, who have the expertise to effect rescues in testing conditions and who will conduct a successful rescue.
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