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DSE Risk Assessment The delivery and management of the online DSE risk assessment is the most important part of the process. A substandard or overly complicated risk assessment could potentially wipe out any time and efficiency savings hoped for by implementing one of these systems.

To ensure that an individual possesses the knowledge to complete the risk assessment accurately, any software package should deny access to the online questionnaire until the training course has been completed and passed. The risk assessments are essentially multiple choice, but can contain "free text" responses that invite a user to type a short response. Depending on the answer selected, the software will attribute a low, medium or high risk rating. At the end of the process, a list of concerns or issues is generated that the software has graded and prioritised based on the severity of risk.

Standard question sets are based on the HSE's own recommended DSE risk assessment. It is usually possible to change the questions and associated risk ratings.

Customising Risk Assessments Again, some suppliers may own and charge for this work, "hard coding" changes into their standard assessments. Questions may prove redundant or become obsolete over time and require removal or update. This makes any amendments to the risk assessment post roll out a somewhat complicated affair.

Other risk assessments (including the ErgoWize package from EssentialSkillz) are dynamic, offering the customer the option to amend and update risk assessments themselves, on an ongoing basis, at no extra cost and with no implications for invalidating data captured from a previous question set. This sort of functionality allows the user to skip irrelevant sections of the questionnaire and for the customer to create risk assessments from scratch on any topic of concern to the organisation.

Risk Assessment Functionality A good online risk assessment will contain some form of user action facility, allowing individuals to firstly verify that the risk is genuine and correct any mistaken responses, and secondly potentially resolve (where appropriate) any concerns generated. After all, employees are not passive,

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