Whatever the nature of your business, risk assessments are essential to keep your employees, visitors and workplace safe. It’s also a legal requirement for employers of five or more people. As such, this ensures your business is compliant with its statutory duty as stated in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
There are no specific rules as to how they should be carried out. However, there are established general principles to guide you through the procedure and bespoke digital solutions to streamline, document and monitor the process.
Within the workplace, a hazard is defined as anything with the potential to cause harm.
Simply walking around your workplace observing the environment for each employee, task or process will be revealing.
And, don’t assume – ask your staff what they think.
Who is most likely to be harmed by the potential hazards?
This could be:
Bear in mind that certain people may be more at risk than others doing the same job – for example, new recruits, younger people, less experienced staff, or employees with physical restrictions.
Assessing risk means evaluating how likely it is for the harm to occur and how severe it may be if it does so. This allows you to devise procedures to control, minimise or eliminate the dangers, as far as it’s practical to do so.
This might include:
It’s wise to review your assessment and procedures from time to time. There’s no legally required timeframe but a yearly update is a good idea. More specifically, you should certainly reassess if the following occur:
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