A basic guide to the legal requirement in health & safety at work legislation for risk assessments.
Employers are required to take reasonably practicable measures to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees whilst they are at work. To do this correctly, as part of your business management process, you need to know the hazards and risks present in the workplace and at other locations.
Regulations make this a legal requirement. To comply, you need to formally assess and think about what might cause harm to people. Furthermore, you need to consider whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm.
Risk assessment is simply a careful and sensible way of identifying what, in your workplace, could cause harm to people. If you have fewer than five employees, health and safety legislation doesn’t require you to keep a written record.
However, should you face a personal injury claim a timely record, even if brief, will be of benefit.
Download this free guide to learn more about:
- What you must do
- Identify hazards
- Who is at risk?
- Evaluate and Control
- Record and Communicate