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Safety Risk Assessments

Safety Risk Assessments

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Safety risk assessments are a key part in any proactive safety management structure.

With every work environment and with every job role, staff are being exposed to risk – the tricky bit is what ones to address, and to what level.

What is a safety risk assessment?

According UK’s Health and Safety Executive:

“A (safety) risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Accidents and ill health can ruin lives and affect your business too if output is lost, machinery is damaged, insurance costs increase or you have to go to court. You are legally required to assess the risks in your workplace so that you put in place a plan to control the risks”

We understand you have a business to run without getting tied up with unnecessary red tape. Hence, when we conduct health and safety risk assessments – we are always mindful of the need to keep our recommendations both practical, sensible and compliant.

Health and safety risk assessments at work can cover a wide range of issues.

  • health and safety risk assessments
  • fire risk assessments
  • noise risk assessments
  • COSHH risk assessments

How often should safety risk assessments be conducted?

Again, HSE guidelines are as follows:

“Few workplaces stay the same. Sooner or later, you will bring in new equipment, substances and procedures that could lead to new hazards. It makes sense, therefore, to review what you are doing on an ongoing basis. When you are busy running your business, it’s all too easy to forget about reviewing your risk assessment – until something has gone wrong and it’s too late. Write it down and note it in your diary as an annual event. During the year, if there is a significant change, don’t wait.”

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