Risk assessment

Every employer is required to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk to the health and safety of their employees and all others that may be affected by the work activities carried out at their place of business.

If more than five people are employed, then a written health and safety policy must be formulated and the significant findings of a risk assessment must be recorded by the employer.

A risk assessment can be summarised in the following five steps:

1. Identify the Hazards
2. Decide who might be harmed and how
3. Evaluate the risks and decide whether your existing precautions are adequate or whether more should be done
4. Record your findings
5. Monitor and review your assessment and revise if necessary

Further information

For more information on how to carry out a risk assessment and drawing up your health and safety policy statement, please see the Health and Safety Executive's guidance 'An introduction to health and safety' Health and Safety Executive This link will take you to an external website... .

Last reviewed: 07 - 01 - 2011

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