Five steps to risk assessment aims to help you assess health and safety risks.
A risk assessment is an important step in protecting your workers
and your business, as well as complying with the law. It helps you
focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace – the ones with
the potential to cause harm. In many instances, straightforward
measures can readily control risks, for example, ensuring spillages are
cleaned up promptly so people do not slip or cupboard drawers kept
closed to ensure people do not trip. For most, that means simple, cheap
and effective measures to ensure your most valuable asset – your
workforce – is protected.
The law does not expect you to
eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as is
‘reasonably practicable’. This guide tells you how to achieve that with
This is not the only way to do a risk
assessment, there are other methods that work well, particularly for
more complex risks and circumstances. However, we believe this method
is the most straightforward for most organisations.
How to assess the risks in your workplace
Follow the five steps in this leaflet
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precaution
- Record your findings and implement them
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
overcomplicate the process. In many organisations, the risks are well
known and the necessary control measures are easy to apply. You
probably already know whether, for example, you have employees who move
heavy loads and so could harm their backs, or where people are most
likely to slip or trip. If so, check that you have taken reasonable
precautions to avoid injury.
If you run a small
organisation and you are confident you understand what’s involved, you
can do the assessment yourself. You don’t have to be a health and
What is risk assessment?
A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your
work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you
have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm.
Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a
failure to take reasonable control measures.
ill health can ruin lives and affect your business if output is lost,
machinery is damaged, insurance costs increase or you have to go to
court. You are legally required to assess the risks in your workplace
so you must put plans in place to control risks.
Click here for more information from the HSE on how to assess risks in your workplace.
Alternatively give us a call and we can do a site visit with suggestions to help you meet your requirements.