If you have 5 or more employee’s, you need to record your risk assessment by law. If you are an employer, it’s wise to record it in any case.
Risk assessment is one of the fundamental themes of any health, safety or environmental management system.
By assessing the risks to your business, you can make informed decisions on what you need to keep your operations running smoothly and prevent harm to people, the environment and your business.
A health and safety risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what could cause harm to people. This helps identify the actions you need to take to prevent injury and ill-health.
Sometimes people get a little freaked out when confronted with the question ‘How to do a risk assessment?’. Let alone being asked to actually do one! But it doesn’t have to be overly complex.
Firstly, let’s provide some context to the question. If you are an employer, what does risk assessment mean for you?
It’s written into UK law that employer’s must control risk by assessing what might cause harm. They then need to take reasonable steps to prevent that harm from happening.
A simple 5-Step approach can be used everyday to carry out risk assessment in your workplace. Here are the 5 steps…
- Determine the key hazards
- Identify who might be harmed
- Assess the Risk
- Evaluate Risk and Add Controls
- Record and Review
Download the Safeti’s editable health and safety risk assessment template for free to practice developing your risk assessments below. Also, for more help and options, don’t miss our Beginner’s Guide to Risk Assessment & our free, online Health and Safety Risk Assessment course.
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