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Tolley, 2004 - Law - 152 pages
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Risk assessment is the key to successful management of health and safety at work. Risk assessments are carried out in order to quantify and evaluate the significance of workplace hazards so that appropriate control measures can be put in place.

Usually, a written record of the assessment is required, detailing the following information:
* The hazards - and how much risk is associated.
* The risk - with appropriate control measures.
* Deadlines - to follow-up the risk assessment to ensure the risk is managed.

Failure to carry out risk assessments - punishable by law - is often due to lack of a suitable risk assessment system. Tolley's Risk Assessment Workbook - Construction provides that system, both in the form of key background information on how to carry out a risk assessment - understanding relevant legislation and regulations - but most importantly by providing:
* Checklists - highlighting key industry-specific hazards and control measures.
* Questionnaires - highlighting key questions the risk assessor should ask when analysing the risk posed by the hazard.
* Action Plans - to ensure the risk assessment is followed up and completed.

The Workbook offers a practical risk assessment system: it shows you how to comply with the law and gives you the foundations of a logical procedure that can be understood easily, put into placed quickly where necessary and adapted to your organisation's needs.

Tolley's Risk Assessment Workbooks is a series of practical Workbooks providing you with all the information you need to conduct risk assessments in industry-specific areas including: Manufacturing, Retail, Leisure, Education, Offices, and Utilities. A special Risk Assessment Workbook on Stress has also been developed in order to facilitate management of this issue which is of key concern to all organisations.

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About the author (2004)

Jim Allen FIOSH RSP is Managing Director, HASCOM NETWORK LTD and Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Construction Specialist Group, IOSH (London branch). HASCOM NETWORK LTD is a health and safety consultancy founded in 1991 under the chairmanship of Allan St John Holt, one of the leading and most authoritative figures on health and safety matters in the United Kingdom. The Company, which has offices in Southampton, has developed its successful core services by providing crucial, high-grade health and safety information whenever and wherever it is most needed. That is as the heart of the operation but, in addition, the company provides a full range of consultancy services in occupational health and safety covering training, workplace inspections, expert opinions and advice, accident investigation, auditing and assessment and external 'competent person' appointment. Helping people and organisations to comply with the law and demonstrate their competence are fundamental to HASCOM's role. Practical assistance is furnished in many ways: HASCOM helps create safety policies, writes safety manuals and takes the pain out of preparing risk assessments. Assisting clients to understand and react to the implications of new health and safety legislation - and suggesting cost-effective solutions - in an important part of the programme. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 both illustrate the need for sound and timely support. Through its Adviceline, which reflects the company's information - based philosophy, HASCOM is linked to thousands of businesses throughout the UK, providing immediate access to the help they need on health and safety matters of concern. The Adviceline operates from the company's Information Centre in Southampton and is staffed by full-time friendly professional advisers, all qualified to the UK's highest standard. HASCOM is big enough to help organisation

Geoff Morris MIOSH is Safety Adviser, HASCOM NETWORK LTD. HASCOM NETWORK LTD is a health and safety consultancy founded in 1991 under the chairmanship of Allan St John Holt, one of the leading and most authoritative figures on health and safety matters in the United Kingdom. The Company, which has offices in Southampton, has developed its successful core services by providing crucial, high-grade health and safety information whenever and wherever it is most needed. That is as the heart of the operation but, in addition, the company provides a full range of consultancy services in occupational health and safety covering training, workplace inspections, expert opinions and advice, accident investigation, auditing and assessment and external 'competent person' appointment. Helping people and organisations to comply with the law and demonstrate their competence are fundamental to HASCOM's role. Practical assistance is furnished in many ways: HASCOM helps create safety policies, writes safety manuals and takes the pain out of preparing risk assessments. Assisting clients to understand and react to the implications of new health and safety legislation - and suggesting cost-effective solutions - in an important part of the programme. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 both illustrate the need for sound and timely support. Through its Adviceline, which reflects the company's information - based philosophy, HASCOM is linked to thousands of businesses throughout the UK, providing immediate access to the help they need on health and safety matters of concern. The Adviceline operates from the company's Information Centre in Southampton and is staffed by full-time friendly professional advisers, all qualified to the UK's highest standard. HASCOM is big enough to help organisations of all sizes and complexities, and small enough to car about each of its clients.

Allan St John Holt is one of Britain's best-known safety experts. He has also lectured widely in the USA, the Far East and Australia on health and safety matters. Twice President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and a Fellow of the Institution, he is a Registered Safety Practitioner. He is currently Head of Safety for the Royal Mail Group. A social studies graduate, Allan founded the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health in 1979. An Ambassador and member of the Board of Directors of Veterans of Safety International, he was inducted into the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International in October 1997, and was elected Honorary President of the Southampton Occupational Safety Association in 1991

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