Risk Assessment Essay

In actuality, we can underestimate hazardous risks and threats we are exposed to or we expose ourselves to in our regular life. In this regard, the most routine actions may be associated with the use of hazardous materials, which may be potentially dangerous for our health and environment. For instance, we fueling our cars on the regular basis but a very few persons consider risks and threats associated with this routine process, or else we use bleach to clean our clothes and do not even think of possible danger, if something goes wrong, or we pay little attention to storing household chemicals, which are chemicals, nonetheless, and, therefore, their storage and use is still associated with certain risks and threats. In such a situation, the adequate risk assessment related to these routine processes is crucial for the minimization of the risk of hazardous accidents and for the protection of our health and environment.

CLEANING WITH BLEACH

Cleaning with bleach seems to be a routine process, which we do regularly in our households. At any rate, I use bleach regularly, although I used to underestimate the risk associated with the use of bleach. For instance, I used to pour bleach with bare hands believing that nothing bad can happen to me, but now I understand potential risks of such action and I use gloves to protect my skin from damages caused by the bleach.

At this point, it is important to dwell upon the major risks associated with using bleach. First, bleach is dangerous for the skin and, if the bleach contacts with the skin, it can provoke damages to the skin. Such a situation may occur easily because, when one pours bleach he/she can contact with the bleach if he/she is bare hand. Therefore, it is necessary to wear gloves while using the bleach. Otherwise, the risk of damaging the skin increases. In addition, individuals may suffer from other damages while using the bleach. For instance, the bleach can contact eyes that is much more dangerous compared to the contacting the skin. The bleach is extremely dangerous for eyes to the extent that the bleach can provoke the total loss of vision. Therefore, while working with bleach and using bleach in regular life, people should be aware of the danger the bleach may represent for human health. In this regard, people should be particularly careful while cleaning with bleach. People should protect eyes and skin from bleach.

At the same time, it is necessary to remember that bleach should not be available to children because children are not aware of risks and threats associated with bleach. For instance, children may use bleach without informing parents, when parents are not at home and children play with bleach. They may just copy actions of adults but, as they play with bleach in such a way, they may hurt their skin or eyes. Unlike adults they cannot help after such accident. Moreover, children can drink bleach that is even more dangerous that eye or skin contact with bleach. In such a way, children are exposed to larger risks compared to adults. Therefore, children should never use bleach and parents should keep bleach out of children’s reach. In such a way, parents should secure their children.

In case of any damage caused by bleach, it is necessary to cleanse the damaged part of the skin or eyes with water and call a doctor if necessary. In this regard, I would recommend consulting a doctor anyway to ensure that the individual exposed to the impact of bleach does not suffer from serious injuries.

FUELING MY CAR WITH GAS

Another action that we do regularly is fueling our cars. When I am fueling my car, I am always aware of the risk that this is relatively dangerous process. However, often I just pay little attention to essential precautions, while fueling my car. However, fueling a car may be much more dangerous than cleaning with bleach. To put it more precisely, gas is a highly flammable material and, in case of accident, the risk of explosion or fire, at the least, is extremely high. Any spark can cause fire, while fire, if it reaches the trunk, for instance, can cause a powerful explosion. The explosion may damage the property, including car and gas station and, more important, the explosion can cause casualties because the explosion can injure or kill the owner of the car, passengers as well as other people, who are nearby. Therefore, people should be very careful while fueling their cars with gas. At any rate, the risk of fire and explosion is very high in the course of fueling the car with gas.

In this regard, I suggest the following precautions. First, when you drive in the gas station you should stop engine. You should be very careful while fueling your car to avoid drops of gas on the surface of your car. In summer, the surface of the car may be very hot, while drops of gas may cause fire and the overheating of the trunk can cause the explosion. Naturally, individuals should never smoke as they are on the gas station, because there are a lot of flammable materials along with gas in the station. I would not recommend using any open fire in the gas station or electric devices, which may provoke sparkle.

STORING HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS

At the same time, storing household chemicals is quite dangerous but we often underestimate the risk associated with storing household chemicals. In fact, all chemicals should be stored respectively to recommendations of manufacturers of chemicals. In this regard, it is possible to develop general recommendations concerning storing household chemicals. First of all, chemicals should be not available to children. Children should not be able to reach chemicals by any means because children are not aware of risks and threats associated with using chemicals. Therefore, they can misuse chemicals that can provoke injuries and damages. Second, chemicals should be stored in special places, where they are protected from the impact of light and heat. In such a way, people can minimize the risk of hazards involving chemicals stored in households.

CONCLUSION

Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the prevention of hazards is possible through the adequate risk assessment. People should be aware of risks associated with routine actions, such as cleaning with bleach, fueling a car, or storing chemicals. In such a way, they can minimize the risk of hazards and injuries and secure their households, property and health.

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