We all hear the terms risk assessment banded around on a daily basis but what does it mean and in particular what does it mean to you, the UKs employers.
Basically all a risk assessment does is look at;
- What could go wrong and to whom
- What control measures are in place
- What else could we do to reduce the risk to our employees and others
The HSE recommend a five step approach to risk assessment.
Step 1 Identify the hazards
Step 2 Decide who might be harmed and how
Step 3 Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step 4 Record your findings and implement them
Step 5 Review your assessment and update if necessary
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 compels employers of more than five people to ensure that these are written and regularly reviewed.
From experience many of our customers see risk assessments as a confusing and time consuming exercise so they get left or get done half-heartedly. They appoint us to help them complete on their behalf and then assist them in implementing the control measures suggested.
We pride ourselves on only suggesting sensible pragmatic solutions to problems that reflect the degree of risk posed whilst being cost sensitive.