What is a Risk Assessment?
Risk Assessments are part of the Risk Management process and are included in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
A Risk Assessment is the process of identifying what hazards currently exist or may appear in the workplace. A Risk Assessment defines which workplace hazards are likely to cause harm to employees and visitors.
What does a Risk Assessment include?
Risks need to be considered in all aspects of the working environment. Here are some examples of the things that should be included in a Risk Assessment:
- Hazards: Electrical safety, Fire safety, Manual handling, Hazardous substances, Risk factors for Repetitive strain injury, Stress, Violence;
- Tasks: cleaning with chemical substances, maintenance work or dealing with the public;
- Organisational factors: Staffing policies, Systems of work, Equipment-purchasing policies, Consultation and participation, Management techniques or working hours, Shift patterns, Lone working;
If you have a concern about Health and Safety, or if you are worried that your employer is not taking measures to prevent or minimise risk.
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Which Companies need to conduct a Risk Assessment?
By law, every employer must conduct Risk Assessments on the work their employees are required to do. If a company or organisation employs more than five employees. The results must be recorded with the details of all the employees who may be deemed to be a higher risk, particularly the younger, pregnant or disabled employees.
How an employer carries out a basic Risk Assessment
Risk Assessments should be simple to conduct, following a process that includes:
- Looking for and listing the risks to Health and Safety.
- Deciding who might be harmed and how.
- Checking that protective measures are effective.
- Evaluating the risks arising from the hazards and deciding whether existing precautions are adequate.
- Recording the findings.
- Reviewing the assessment from time to time and revising it as and when needed, for instance if the building is refurbished, moved, or when there is a change in staffing.