. Risk Assessment is evaluating various things that could go wrong and what the consequences would be if they did. Once you know that, you can put measures in place to prevent them causing harm, and arrange contingency plans should the worst happen. The principle legislation that covers RA is the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations. However, there are other regulations that cover other specifics like noise. RA is most likely to affect professional musicians when working in or with a venue, concert, practice room or similar location.
As a risk assessment tool, Hazop is often described as the following.
- A brainstorming technique.
- A qualitative risk assessment tool.
- An inductive risk assessment tool, meaning that it is a ‘bottom-up’ risk identification approach, where success relies on the ability of subject matter experts to predict deviations based on past experiences and general subject matter expertise.
The Initial Risk Assessment
When you first deploy your quality management system, EHS program or information security management system, risk assessment is required to be conducted. In this case, I suggest you conduct it after your main process mapping session and midway during your procedure development phase. While the results of your risk assessment may affect the content of the procedures, you don’t want to scare your employees, by subjecting them to a risk assessment session when they do not fully understand what a procedure should look like. A note about which risks to record: although you may be tempted to only record those risks that everyone considers relevant, I advise to keep a section for risks that you may have disregarded as irrelevant…in case they are called out again in your next risk assessment.