Different risks, same approach

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
23rd January 2017

Asked about hazardous trips he said “If you are aware of the risks, then you can deal with them.”

This is the same sentiment a Guardian article on West Rise Junior in Eastbourne, East Sussex (published in October 2016) explored under the heading “School with guns, knives and fire on the timetable – and Ofsted loves it.” Quoting one of the pupils the article said:

"Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous," says Thomas, 10, carefully positioning a tray of bread cakes over burning coals. “It’s OK if you do it right. There are people here who know the safety rules and they teach us,” he adds.

At the heart of each of these two examples is risk assessment as a positive tool to enable but enable safely. The same applies to assessing risks proportionately for buildings be they offices, schools, shops or factories or warehouses. The only difference is whether the risk assessment is seen as a cost or investment. I know what the people above would say.