Risk factors at the workplace vary according to the nature of the work and the working environment. Risk factors include, for example, a wet and slippery floor, a customer situation, wiring that causes tripping and unprotected work equipment. There is no such thing as a danger-free workplace.
How to do it:
Identify the hazards related to the work and the object and place of work with the employees.
Record the observations and assess the need for corrective measures.
Set an implementation schedule for the measures and appoint a person in charge.
Pay attention to disturbances and maintenance situations as well as work performed for a customer.
Provide employees with orientation about the hazards related to their work and show them the safe working methods. This also applies to temporary workers.
Repeat the above procedure always after making changes, such as purchasing new machines and tools or changing the working methods. If a risk factor cannot be eliminated, aim to minimise it.
Accidents can also be prevented by making sure you carry out the necessary initial and periodic inspections. This way, the machines, equipment and other tools used to perform the work are in working condition and used as instructed by the manufacturer.
Instructions and ideas for risk assessment are available in the working environment section of the Small Business Information Package (in Finnish, pdf, tyosuojelujulkaisut.wshop.fi).
Industry-specific information, check lists and guides are available on the websites of the Centre for Occupational Safety (TKK) and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (TTL) .