What are Dynamic Risk Assessments? 2022-07-21T13:37:44+00:00
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What are Dynamic Risk Assessments?

How did the Dynamic  Risk assessment become so popular?

If you're an experienced technician working in the Roadside & Recovery (R&R) industry, you probably already conduct dynamic assessments on a day-day basis. However, as Network Training Parnership, it is important for us to ensure technicians of different levels understand why dynamic risk assessments are so important. 
A technician must be able to swiftly identify risks in an environment, to carry out an effective dynamic risk assessment.

What are Dynamic Risk Assessments?

Dynamic Risk Assessments is the ongoing process of:  

 

Identifying hazards and  assessing  the risks in  a Roadside & Recovery situation  

Identifying the risk-taking actions to eliminate or reduce risk

Continuously Monitoring and reviewing a rapidly changing situation

 

The decision-making process involves analysing and reviewing the risks and benefits presented by the incident, selecting an appropriate response, which is called a system of work, and whether the system of work resolves the risk effectively.

Why are Dynamic Risk Assessments so important in the Roadside & Recovery Industry?

Conducting a Dynamic Risk Assessment is crucial in the Roadside & Recovery industry, given technicians are often exposed to hazards regarding both the vehicle and passing traffic, before a complete resolution is even made. In such a fast-changing environment, a static check-list is completely impractical as hazards change all the time. Hence, a Dynamic Risk assessment allows for reviews at regular intervals. The outcome can then be 'time-stamped' for later retrieval by the technician.

Why are Dynamic Risk Assessments so important in the Roadside & Recovery Industry?

Conducting a Dynamic Risk Assessment is crucial in the Roadside & Recovery industry, given technicians are often exposed to hazards regarding both the vehicle and passing traffic, before a complete resolution is even made. In such a fast-changing environment, a static check-list is completely impractical as hazards change all the time. Hence, a Dynamic Risk assessment allows for reviews at regular intervals. The outcome can then be 'time-stamped' for later retrieval by the technician.

What are the 3 stages to a dynamic risk assessment in the Roadside & Recovery sector?

To make a dynamic management risk assessment more manageable, it is useful to divide the process to three stages

These stages are:

 

The Initial Stage: In this stage, the focus is on evaluating the hazards present when the roadside & recovery agent arives

 

The Development Stage: This stage occurs where the range of hazards have become beyond the capability of a technician to manage, and where delegation is necessary.

 

The Closing Stage: This stage occurs where the hazard is being gradually eliminated, however where control measures need to be maintained until the situation has been resolved.

How should I conduct the initial stage of the dynamic risk assessment?

There are 6 steps to the initial assessment of risk

1. Evaluate the situation, tasks and persons at risk

2. Introduce and declare a tactical mode

3. Select safe systems of work

4. Assess the chosen systems of work

5. Introduce additional control measures

6. Re-assess systems of work and additional control measures. 

How should I conduct development stage of the dynamic risk assessment?

The development stage of dynamic risk assessment of delegating control to the right individuals if the situation demands

1. Securing responsible officers in charge of certain controls e.g. a police officer to prevent the owner of a salvaged vehicle committing a potential crime, or a parademic if there is an acute risk to health for any relevant stakeholder in the situation

2. Eliminating unsafe systems of work - this may be safe systems of work no longer appropriate to the developing circumstances as soon as possible

3. Identifying and dealing with new hazards and their associated risks as soon as possible, e.g. by calling fire personnel in case of an emergent fire at the breakdown scene  e.g. the effects of fire on building stability 

4. The continual monitoring by the new control officers

How should I conduct the closing stage of the dynamic risk assessment?

The closing stage of the dynamic risk assessment is equally important to ensure no preventable hazards and risks left open once the recovery scene has been formally completed. 

This consists of:

1. Maintaining control: the process of managing risks should be continued until the last affected appliance leaves the scene

2. Nominating an officer to gather information for the post incident review

3. Highlight any near misses, to prevent future injury/damage

4. Delegate long-term resources to individuals affected by a hazard outside the physical boundaries of the hazard scene e.g. directing individuals to relevant Mental Health support

Would you like to learn more about dynamic risk assessments? 

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Dynamic Risk Assessment, Health & Safety, Vehicle Conditioning Report Forms, Customer care, Communication, Legislation, Mental and Physical Health and Safe loading and unloading