Risk Assessments
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The purpose of a risk assessment is to systematically identify and evaluate all hazards associated with a particular machine. Through a series of logical steps, hazards can be categorized and a judgment can be made regarding the safety of the machine. The basic methodology is outlined in the flowchart below:


Ascertain the limits of the machinery
(phases of the machinery life, consequences of misusing the machine, classification of persons who may potentially use the machine)

Identify the hazards

Estimate the magnitude of the risk
(risk is a function of probability, severity, and frequency of exposure)

Is the machine safe?

No? Then reduce risk.

Why have a risk assessment carried out with your Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSHSR)?

When a PSHSR is carried out on machine without a risk assessment, all hazards are identified as being of high risk. This means that all hazards must be guarded in the most stringent manner to ensure the safety of the operator. However, a risk assessment may identify a hazard as a low risk, thus possibly reducing the costs associated with safeguarding that hazard. Furthermore, by having the risk assessment performed, your company will be demonstrating that it has taken all steps available to protect its employees from the hazards posed by the machine.

Your Risk Assessment Report

The report we provide you includes a detailed explanation of the risk assessment methodology followed with a complete analysis of the equipment in an easy to follow format. Along with the hazard identification and categorization, The Hill Engineering Group will provide you with recommendations for properly guarding the hazard.

Contact The Hill Engineering Group today for a professional risk assessment.



"Everyone, and that includes you and me, is at some time careless, complacent, overconfident, and stubborn. At times each of us becomes distracted, inattentive, bored and fatigued. We occasionally take chances, we misunderstand, we misinterpret, and we misread. These are completely human characteristics. …Because we are human and because all these traits are fundamental and built into each of us, the equipment, machines and systems that we construct for our use have to be made to accommodate us the way we are, and not vice versa."

Al Chapanis, former professor of human factors engineering, Johns Hopkins University


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