Risk Assessments are a Legal Requirement

The need to carry out risk assessments is a core activity for health and safety in the workplace. The law requires risk assessments to be carried out.  So, are your risk assessments suitable and sufficient? Are they up to date? Are they sensible?

Risk Assessments:

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. There is no formal requirement to review the assessments on a regular (e.g. annual) basis, but they must always be up to date.

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.

How to Ensure Effective Risk Assessments are Conducted

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.

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Risk assessment is not a paperwork exercise; it’s about protecting your staff. Review your risk assessment policies and procedures now.