We analyze general, professional and product liability exposures; fire and security controls; workplace exposures; assess on-site and off-site activities, risks and exposures.
What is Risk Assessment Consulting?
Risk assessment or analysis is the process by which to:
- Identify hazards.
- Analyze or evaluate the risk associated with that hazard.
- Determine appropriate ways to eliminate or control the hazard.
In practical terms, a risk assessment is a thorough look at your operations to identify those practices, procedures and processes that may cause harm, particularly to people. We follow this up with consulting about best practices to correct these risks.
Where a risk assessment differs somewhat from a compliance audit is that the focus is on the identification of behaviors and practices that may lead to undue risk and exposure rather than strict measurement of regulatory compliance. Also, the regulations most often specify what you are to do but don’t describe how to do it. That’s where a risk assessment and consultation can help. It can look over the horizon and in some cases predict outcomes from practices that on their face may appear compliant with the regulations, for example.
Our risk assessment findings are reported in both narrative and numerical rank formats. Risk are described and then numerically ranked by severity and likelihood of occurrence according to a defined decision matrix. Risk assessments are very important as they form an integral part of an effective and responsive management system – be it occupational health and safety and/or an environmental management system.
A risk assessment can help identify unsound processes and practices, and:
- Identify areas of risk and promote modification of procedures and behaviors that have contributed to the risk.
- Prioritize hazards and control measures based on the risk matrix.
- Determine if existing control measures provide adequate protection.
- Provide information for the development of improved risk control methods.
A risk assessment is a snapshot in time and that is why it is important to schedule follow-up consulting at regular intervals to identify new risks and gather information on the performance of existing control measures. A risk assessment consultation can focus on any number of areas. A risk assessment may focus on OSH (occupational health and safety) exposures, environmental exposures or both.
Contact us today and ask how we can assist you with identifying risk at your business.
Environmental Risk Assessment Consulting
On the environmental compliance side, risk may be related to the persistence of undesirable historical practices, lapses in meeting a desired standard of care, existing contamination, existing toxic or hazardous material in site structures such as asbestos and/or lead, deficits in employee understanding of their regulatory obligations and more.
We can assess your practices to determine where you may have undue exposure. We can audit your hazardous waste hauler contractor as well as the treatment and disposal facilities that you use for hazardous waste, recyclable wastes and biohazardous wastes. Please also refer to our information on hazardous waste management and other environmental concerns.
Occupational Health and Safety Risk Assessment Consulting
In the case of occupational health and safety exposures, a risk assessment consultation is an integral part of developing OSHA-mandated JHA’s (job hazard analysis) information from which the employer designs and sets forth procedures, documents employee duties, and identifies administrative, engineering and personal protective equipment (PPE) controls that will be necessary to protect employee health and safety. We have found that one typical gap in OSHA compliance besides the top ten that they typically identify is a lack of documented, current and complete JHA’s. A risk assessment can assist you with the development of this OSHA-required tool.
Other risks associated with your operations may be related to your goods and services. There may be hidden exposures related to your property or fire protection systems due to deferred maintenance, for example. Or, there may be inadequate protection from earthquake damage – especially in warehousing and office environments. There may exposures due to environmental factors such as wind, and weather or flooding that you may not be adequately prepared to address. Reliability of site electrical service, data security, and site security are other examples of potential risk.
Our job is to identify these risks and consult with you about the best way to correct them before they result in costly damages. Contact us today and ask how we can assist you with identifying risk at your business.