Hazard Identification and Task Risk Assessment

What is it?

Hazard Identification and Task Risk Assessment (HITRA) is a collective term that encompasses all activities involved in identifying hazards and evaluating risk to make certain that risks to employees, the public, or the environment are consistently controlled within an organisation’s risk tolerance.

The three main risk questions are:

  1. Hazard - What can go wrong?
  2. Consequences – How bad could it be?
  3. Likelihood – How often might it happen?

The WorkSafeⓇ Control of Work Hazard Identification and Task Risk Assessment (HITRA) module is a market leading solution that offers our clients key and proven benefits over other solutions available on the market

1. Simple and Systematic Risk Assessment

The HITRA module provides a systematic method of conducting Task Risk Assessment and is designed to be extremely intuitive for the user. HITRA provides a system that enables an improved standard of Risk Assessment without over complicating the process.

Benefit: An intuitive system enables the user to follow a systematic process of conducting a Risk Assessment and also means less training and greater efficiency allowing users to progress much faster through the Control of Work process than has previously been possible. 

2. Effective Risk Management

The HITRA module uses a Risk Assessment process of identifying Initial Risk, and, then once control measures are in place, a re-evaluation of the risk is done (Residual Risk).

Benefit: This facility enables understanding of the strength of the control measures as the Residual Risk figure should show a decrease from the Initial Risk.

3. Hierarchy of Controls

The HITRA module uses a hierarchy of controls in selection of control measures and provides guidance to the user where a higher control should be considered.

Benefit: The selection of preventative control measures will improve the quality and standard of Risk Assessment, which will, in turn, reduce risks on-site.

4. Stage Gate Management

On completion of a HITRA the WorkSafe® Control of Work system requires that the Risk Assessment is considered as ALARP.  Permits, supplementary Certificates, and scheduling of the task cannot be progressed until the Risk Assessment is approved as ALARP.

Benefit: Provides an additional check and also highlights the fact that the Risk Assessment drives Control of Work.

5. Intelligent Controls

To ensure consistent information is used throughout the organisation, the Risk Assessment process utilises a range of customisable hazards and controls which can also be categorised against energy sources if required.  Controls are predefined and are intelligent as they have an inherent ability to recognise the type of Work Permit and supporting Certificates that are required in conjunction with self-determining the level of Risk Assessment that is required.

Benefit: Allows users to concentrate on the creation of a thorough, well thought out and executed Risk Assessment that automatically includes the associated controlling documentation without worrying about how to use the software solution.

6. Safety First Approach

The Risk Assessment process ensures that users only use the most effective and relevant controls to ensure that the most appropriate controls cannot be overlooked.  E.g. the user is notified if a better control is available and the system assists the user in selecting it.

Benefit: Promotes thought to ensure that Risk Assessments are always relevant for the task being risk assessed and not simply being copied from another similar task.

7. Routine Duties

WorkSafe® Control of Work provides an additional system for storage of Routine Duty tasks, which enables low risk tasks to be carried out by use of a Routine Duty template instead of creating a Permit.

Benefits: Improved efficiency by use of Routine Duty templates without sacrificing accountability and control. 

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