What Is Risk Assessment? What, Why & When For Health And Safety

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What is risk assessment? Health and Safety risk assessment is necessary for any business, but what does it mean and should we be concerned?

In this short video, Richard explains what health and safety risk assessment is, but also – why to do a risk assessment & when to do a health an safety risk assessment.

What is Risk assessment?
A health and safety risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what could cause harm to people. This helps identify the actions you need to take to prevent injury and ill-health. Watch our 4-minute video for a quick overview….

Risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.

The complexity of a risk assessment can vary wildly, but for most, it’s best to keep it simple.

Is Health and Safety Risk Assessment important?
Risk assessment is often seen as a thankless activity that has to be done, with little real benefit. But why do we have to do it?

There are plenty of good reasons that we should risk assessment for our business, including moral, legal and of course, financial.

Unfortunately, the term ‘health and safety risk assessment’ has gained bad press in some quarters due to over zealous approaches to risk management.

When should a Risk Assessment be carried out?
In reality, the Health and Safety Executive in the UK clearly states that risk assessments should not be unnecessarily complicated and only focus on the significant hazards. – which makes sense, because you have to be able to effectively communicate the outcomes of them.

In the UK, your obligation as an employer is that you must risk assess the work activities that your employees are involved. If you have 5 or more employees, you have to keep a record of any risk assessment that you have done.

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