How to Create a Risk Assessment for NEBOSH IGC IG2 ?
NEBOSH International general certificate (IGC) is one of the most reputed and demanding course in Occupational Health and Safety field. This course is designed for Employers, Managers, Supervisors or anyone with health and safety responsibilities.
NEBOSH IGC exam is divided into two parts:
To know the full details of course content and how it is different from previous IGC pattern, you can refer to my previous blog-
Risk Assessment is the part of IG2 which is a practical exam. In this blog I am going to discuss the complete methodology to create a good Risk Assessment.
There are four stages to complete the risk assessment-
1) Description of the risk assessment and methodology used
In this section you must provide-
- The name of the organization for which you are doing risk assessment.
- Location of the organization. (You don’t have to provide complete address of the organization but you can just write general location e.g.- Kolkata, West Bengal )
- Number of employees currently working in organization.
- Services provided by the organization and the daily activities.
- Information of working hour/days/shifts.
- Information of the activity/instrument/plant/premises for which risk assessment is being carried out.
- Information of the person responsible for day to day health and safety in the organization.
- Sources of information you consulted for doing the risk assessment. (You must include ILO conventions or code of practices (COP) or any other government legislative regulations, Previous health record of the organization etc.)
- To whom you spoke to while doing the risk assessment (employees, managers or contractors etc)
- Information about the legislative regulations or codes of practices while assessing the control measures. (You must include that regulation or Code of Practice )
2) Risk Assessment
This section is divided into 6 sub-sections-
- Hazard category and hazard: You must include minimum 10 hazards under 5 hazards category in this sub-section. If you include 11 or 12 hazards with just 4 hazard category, you will get referral for next time submission. Similarly if you include 9 hazard under 5 hazard categories, you will get referral still.
- Who might be harmed and how: In this sub-section you must include the person or group of people who might get harm due to the hazardous event. (Staff members, Visitors, Contractors, General public, labourers etc)
- What are you already doing: In this sub-section you must include the control measures already present in the organization for prevention or reducing the risk posing by that particular hazard.
- What further controls/actions are required: In this sub-section you must include more precaution measures, you think are needed for reducing or controlling the risk.
- Timescales for further actions to be completed: This sub-section is for the information of the timescale within further controls should be installed.
- Responsible person’s job title: Job title of the person who is responsible for taking the action. (Safety Officer, Supervisor, Foreman, Manager)
3) Prioritize three actions and justification for the selection
In this section you must include
- Three further control measures which are most required according to the work pattern or activities of the organization.
- Justify your choices by moral, financial and legal reasons (you must include some legislative regulation or ILO conventions to justify legal reasons.)
- Explain likelihood and severity of those hazardous event for which you suggest these three control measures and how your choices are effective and could reduce or terminate the risk.
4) Review, Communicate and Check
In this section you must include-
- Date for reviewing your risk assessment and reason for the chosen date.
- Methods of communicating the risk assessment and to whom it would be communicated.
- Information of how you will follow up the risk assessment to check if the actions are being carried out.
NOTE: Do not forget to fill-
- Organization Name, Date of Risk Assessment and Scope of Risk assessment at the starting of second section
- Learner Number and Learner Name at the footer of every page.