A Checklist for a Health and Safety Risk Assessment

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  • Published: July 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

All employers, and certain self-employed workers and contractors, are required to assess the risks to the health and safety of anyone who may be affected by their work activities.

Self-employed people who carry out a business activity which may pose a risk to the health and safety of other persons, or is of a 'prescribed description' - such as agriculture, construction, quarrying, mining, offshore work or high-risk chemical sites - must protect themselves and others from risk to their health and safety.

Employers must consider all employees, but, in particular, must ensure that they are aware of the risks to:

  • Young workers.
  • Trainees.
  • Expectant mothers.
  • Staff with disabilities.
  • Visitors.
  • Contractors, such as cleaners and maintenance staff.
  • Members of the general public.
  • Home workers.

A health and safety risk assessment needs to cover all work activities, including items such as display screen equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), hazardous substances and manual handling.

This checklist should be used in conjunction with BIF 289, A Guide to Carrying Out Health and Safety Risk Assessments, which provides more detailed information about the background to the various regulations and how to comply with them.

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