Establishment of risk assessments and operating instructions
The risk assessment is the central element of occupational safety. It takes experience to establish it, derive the corresponding operating instructions and keep them up to date. Furthermore, it can be extremely time-consuming for you to establish the risk assessment. We will gladly take over this task for you!
Our experienced experts will visit you to establish or update the risk assessments and operating instructions. If you have the risk assessment established by us, you ensure that the employers’ liability insurance association does not object to it.
Which companies need operating instructions?
Every entrepreneur is obliged to establish operating instructions. They must be in writing. This obligation arises from various laws and regulations such as § 4 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, § 9 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, § 12 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, § 9 of the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health, § 2 (1) of the Accident Prevention Regulation “Principles of Prevention” (BGV A1) and § 14 of the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances.
Employees must comply with operating instructions as a matter of principle, unless they are recognizably directed against safety and health.
Why do you need a risk assessment?
The purpose of risk assessment is to identify and eliminate dangers before they become dangers or health hazards. This assessment is the first step in protecting the safety and health of employees in the workplace.
An important form of risk assessment is also the analysis of mental stress factors. In this context, since 01.01.2014, every employer is obliged to include mental stress factors in the risk assessments!
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (ArbSchG), companies, regardless of their size, have a documentation obligation. According to this law, the employer must have records that document the result of the risk assessment. In addition, it must be documented which occupational health and safety measures are carried out and what result was reached in their review.
Who may set up a risk assessment?
The third sentence of §3(3) of the BetrSichV stipulates that the risk assessment may only be carried out by competent persons (as defined in §2(5)BetrSichV).
Does this mean that, with immediate effect, the risk assessment may only be carried out by workplace safety specialists (or equivalent qualifications)? Who is then responsible for the correctness of the risk assessment?
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and DGUV Regulation 1, the employer is ultimately obliged to ensure the safety and health of employees in the workplace. The most important instrument for implementing this obligation is the risk assessment. The risk assessment can be carried out by the employer himself or by reliable and competent persons who are commissioned separately. An assignment must be made in writing. However, the legal responsibility for the assessment remains with the employer in any case. He is obliged to check that it has been carried out.
Through our expert advice on all aspects of safety and occupational health, we support you in optimizing your occupational health and safety management and accident prevention. Our assessment takes into account all activities, work processes and elements of workplace design. Suitable occupational safety measures are derived and developed from the results of our assessment. The effectiveness of these measures must be reviewed regularly.
The experts at ProSafeCon ensure that your risk assessments and operating instructions comply with all relevant regulations. This not only gives you legal certainty with regard to authorities, employers’ liability insurance associations and insurers, but also the chance to significantly advance your internal improvement process on the path to greater success.
Risk assessment information
There is no legally prescribed procedure for carrying out a risk assessment. Based on our many years of experience in carrying out risk assessments in practice, the following steps have proven their worth:
- Preparing the risk assessment
- Determine the hazards
- Evaluating the risks
- Determination of concrete occupational health and safety measures
- Implementation of the measures
- Testing the implementation and effectiveness of the measures
- Update the risk assessment
How we proceed if you want to have a risk assessment established
Preparing the risk assessment
We will arrange an appointment with you for an on-site inspection of the workplaces. Initially, no preparations need to be made on your part.
Identification and assessment of the risk on site
If you have your risk assessment established by us, we will take care of the determination and assessment of the risks during the on-site appointment. For this purpose, we determine the danger potential of the workplaces by means of on-site inspections. From the determined hazard potential we derive the risk assessments and establish all necessary documents for you.
Derivation of the operating instructions
Based on the risk assessments, we establish the operating instructions. These documents are completely established by us. On the basis of the operating instructions, the need for instruction of the employees is defined. If required, we will be happy to instruct your employees. We are also happy to help you with the continuous updating of the risk assessments.
Our specialists for a risk assessment
Antje Raichle and Paul Röhling are your experts for the establishment of risk assessments and operating instructions. Both have many years of experience as workplace safety specialists. They are happy to use this experience to identify hazards in your company and to define suitable measures for their prevention.
Prices for the establishment of the risk assessment
Basic price risk assessment*
- Travel allowance for on-site inspection: €175,-/day
- Travel allowance for on-site inspection: €175,-/day
*Costs depending on the complexity of the workplace and environment.
All prices are exclusive of VAT.
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Risk assessment – FAQs
Is there a prescribed type of documentation for the risk assessment?
No, there are no requirements for the type of documentation. The employer can use the most suitable type of documentation for his company and carry out the documentation in paper form but also in digital form. It should be noted that occupational health and safety regulations may contain special requirements for documentation, e.g. the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health or the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances.
What is the establishment of the obligation to prepare the risk assessment?
In the central pillars of occupational health and safety, including §5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (ArbSchG). According to this, every employer is obliged to establish and carry out risk assessments.
Which dangers are covered by the risk assessment?
Dangers include, for example:
- the design and furnishing of the workplace
- physical, chemical and biological effects
- procedures, processes and working hours
- the qualification and instruction of employees
- the use of working materials, machinery, equipment and installations
What are the benefits of having a risk assessment established?
- Effective and efficient protective measures
- Identification of hazards and risks
- Minimization and limitation of downtime
- Compliance with legal requirements