Risk assessments are an important part of the health and safety management system.
Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to assess the risks to their employees while they are at work. They also need to consider the risks to non-employees such as contractors and the public. The self-employed have a similar duty.
Where there are five or more employees, the significant findings of the assessment must be recorded.
Specific risk assessments must be carried out for young workers, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Sometimes there will be the need to consider other regulations which also require risk assessment, such as those dealing with asbestos, ionising radiation and hazardous chemicals.
Top Tips for Effective Risk Assessment
To do a risk assessment, you need to understand what, in your business, might cause harm and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm. Once you have decided that, you need to identify and prioritise putting in place appropriate and sensible control measures.
Start by carrying out the 5 steps to successful risk assessments:
Risk assessment is not a paperwork exercise; it’s about protecting your staff.
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