What are the risks involved in your organisation?
The first step in the implementation of an RI&E is to make a list of the risks involved in your business. This is called an inventory. One way to do it is to classify work-related risks into different types of risk. By running through the categories below, you can make sure that you don’t miss out any risks that are not immediately visible, for instance. But you should also check whether all your health and safety management, e.g. an emergency response team, an occupational health and safety service and a prevention worker, is arranged properly.
|Type of risk||Examples|
|Physical risks /ergonomics||Lifting, using force, working in an uncomfortable position, standing for long periods, VDU work, vibrations|
|Psychosocial risks||Emotionally difficult work, workload, stress, dealing with aggressive behaviour at work, irregular working times|
|Safety risks / environmental risks||Risk of falling, danger of cuts, danger of collision, hazardous substances, radiation, working in hot or cold environments, noise|
Easy: RI&E instruments at www.RIE.nl
You can draw up your own RI&E, but you can also use the RI&E instruments as they are called.
An RI&E instrument is an aid for compiling the RI&E. These instruments have been designed by the sector associations. The risks discussed in them match the most common risks in the sector in question.
It is easy to find the RI&E instrument for your business at www.rie.nl under the tab sheet “RI&E instrumenten”. Look up your sector and read the relevant information to learn more about the RI&E instrument.
No instrument available at www.RIE.nl?
If you can’t find an RI&E instrument for your sector, check whether an instrument is available in a sector in which the working conditions are comparable to those of your company or sector. If that’s not the case, you can use the general SME RI&E instrument, which is an instrument for general use; it has not been specifically designed for your type of business. Accordingly, we recommend checking whether you have included all the risks in your business yourself as well as running through that list.
The Health Risks Checklist
A special instrument exists for companies whose staff are not employed for more than 40 hours a week (i.e. the hours of all the employees added up together). Those companies may also use the Health Risks Checklist (Checklist Gezondheidsrisico’s). This is a shorter version of the RI&E and is also available under the tab sheet “RI&E-instruments”.
You could also ask your sector association whether they have an RI&E instrument, as not all RI&E instruments in the Netherlands are included on the website of the support centre for the use of RI&E instruments (Steunpunt RI&E-instrumenten). Moreover, sector associations can read how they can design an RI&E instrument on www.rie.nl. You could call your sector association’s attention to it.