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General Risk Assessments

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.

Here at Periculum Global we can provide a Risk Assessment that services all your needs and requirements.

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.