A Guide to Carrying Out Health and Safety Risk Assessments

  • Price: £3.60
  • Published: March 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

It is a legal requirement for employers and certain self-employed workers and contractors to carry out health and safety risk assessments. However, only employers with five employees or more are required to write down and keep records of the significant findings of a health and safety risk assessment.

Risk assessments are used to identify any factors involved in work activities that could cause harm, and to determine the actions that should be taken to reduce the risk of harm. The aim is not to eliminate all risks, but to reduce them as far as is reasonably practicable. Failure to assess health and safety risks properly can have serious consequences for employers and may result in prosecution.

This factsheet outlines the legal responsibilities of employers regarding risk assessments. It explains how to carry out a workplace risk assessment, including how to identify hazards, evaluate risks and take precautionary measures. It also covers requirements for keeping records and reviewing risk assessments on a regular basis.

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