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Under UK law, all organisations with 5 or more staff are required to carry out written health and safety risk assessments covering all significant hazards. Health & Safety Executive guidance details a 5-step approach to conducting these analyses. It goes as follows:
- Identify the hazards present in the workplace.
- Identify those at risk from the hazards, including employees, contractors and visitors. Workers who are particularly vulnerable should also be considered, such as young people, new staff members and new or expectant mothers.
- Evaluate the danger, taking into account the likelihood of accidents. Also, identify and evaluate existing controls that are in place to reduce risks.
- Record findings on a suitable form.
- Review the assessment on a regular basis or when things change, such as when new equipment is installed, processes change or accidents occur.
We are experts in all areas concerning risk assessments and we offer a range of services. If you are looking for assistance with these analyses, you have two main options:
- We can carry out your risk assessments on your behalf, completely eliminating any hassle. We will also remove liability (note that many of our competitors will not do this).
- We can support you through the process by providing the appropriate forms and by training the employees who will be carrying out the analyses. We will also comment on completed assessments.
In addition, we can assist construction and contracting companies with generic risk assessments and method statements that can be modified to suit specific jobs, as well as site specific risk assessments and procedures.
Specific risk assessments
Note that certain types of hazard require special risk assessments set out in specific formats. For more information about this, click on the links below.
- Manual handling risk assessments must consider the tasks being carried out, the loads being handled and the work environment, as well as the personnel involved.
- New legislation requires all non-domestic premises to conduct fire risk assessments. These analyses follow a similar 5-step approach to the one outlined above. However, they focus on the 3 elements that are needed for fire to start, namely heat, fuel and oxygen.
- Hazardous substances require a COSHH risk assessment. Bear in mind that obtaining the safety data sheet alone is not sufficient to comply with the law.
- A display screen equipment risk assessment should be conducted on all computer users.
We can help with all of these analyses.
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