By August 10, 2012 Read More →

Is there a need for a Personal Risk Assessment?

I work in a very dangerous profession.  Around the world, in my industry, one or two people each month die or are maimed while at work.  The cement and aggregate industry tries to make it safe, but it is a very dangerous world.

Before we begin a task we make what is called a “Risk Assessment.”  This is a way to see dangers involved mitigated to either avoid the danger, eliminate the danger, or reduce the risk of the hazard.  In the micro of my job it may mean to use personal protective equipment such as gloves and a face shield while grinding.  Or to test the quality of the air environment of an enclosed space with an oxygen meter.  In the macro of the prepper world, a prepper can do the same thing but on a different scale.

First, are you prepared for the hazards that you contemplate happening?

Do you have food and water for the amount of time you need to keep you going while you obtain more supplies?

Do you have at least two escape routes planned out?

If you shelter in (bug in) are you ready and willing to deter uninvited guests?

Do you have an “All Safe” code to signify that it is safe for loved ones to approach your home?

Look around the outside of your home, do you have tall bushes blocking doors or windows that offer cover to someone trying to break into your home?

Do you have good locks on your doors and windows?

If you have railroad tracks within ten miles your home this could be a possible hazard.  Do you have a plan?

Do you have a go bag packed to leave at a moments notice if a train derails with a hazardous load?

Is your home downwind of a nuclear power plant?  Do you have up to date iodine pills?

Do you have a place to meet up in mind and have you told your family if you have to leave your home?

In the terminal I work at, our meetup location is the parking lot across the street where we will do a head count to see who is missing.  Families need a similar plan.

The purpose of a Risk Assessment is to look at a situation with a critical eye, not to criticize but to improve.  Think about what the risk is, how to avoid the hazard, and of a way to lessen your exposure to the hazard.  There are zones of risk- the closer the more risk, the farther out the zone is from you the better, but that does not negate the need for a plan.

Take a common sense approach.  If you live in a wildfire zone, this is a risk.  The answer?- clear the brush away from your home!  One way to do this is with a notebook (or your computer, then print it out).  Write down the possible risks, then write down the plan to deal with those risks.  Place a number of 1 through 10 with 1 being the worst hazard and 10 being a more of a nuisance next to the hazard and then make your plans accordingly.  Ask someone to look at your list and be open to suggestions and most of all, remember, this is serious; keep it real.

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