What are Health and Safety
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, and risks need to be considered in all aspects of the working environment.
Why do you
By law, every employer must conduct risk assessments on the work their employees do. If the organisation employs more than five employees, then the results should be recorded with details of any groups of employees particularly at risk such as older, younger, pregnant or disabled employees.
You have a legal duty to assess the risks to the health and safety of your employees (and risks to the health and safety of persons not in your employment) to which they are exposed while they are at work. In carrying out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states:
You should consult employees and health and safety representatives. It is a valuable way of involving the staff who do the work. They know the risks involved and scope for potentially dangerous shortcuts and problems. Employees are more likely to understand why procedures are put in place to control risks and follow them if they have been involved in developing health and safety practices in their workplace.
This does not mean that formal consultation is required before every task-specific assessment conducted in workplaces. It simply means that consultation should form part of the general risk assessment process. In practice, most employers conduct a general assessment to identify the key risks and control measures, and then a second brief assessment of the risks by the employees about to embark on the job.
We create site specific, generic and task specific risk assessments on all tasks identified and completed within the organisation, highlighting hazards and implementing control measures to eliminate/minimise the potential to cause harm.
Our risk assessments are systematic and thorough exploring what happens in the workplace including talking to employees who do the job and have practical experience of the hazards, observing what happens, checking the written assessments, challenging any potential issues and agreeing priorities for action with the management team.