Reminder on Risk Assessment


Reminder on Risk Assessment

16 Jul 2018

As part of managing the health and safety of your business, you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out. If you have fewer than five employees you don’t have to write anything down (although it is helpful to still have a written risk assessment). A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.

On the FISA website you will find an example risk assessment here, use this example as a guide and adapt it for your own site/work task, think about:

  • some of the hazards on your site/ work task
  • the steps you need to take to control the risks.

Don't just copy it and put your company name to it as that would not satisfy the law - and would not protect your employees. Every business is different - you need to think about the hazards and controls your business needs.

Even where the hazards are the same, the control measures you adopt may have to be different from those in the examples to meet the particular conditions in your workplace.

Risk assessment is only effective if you and your staff act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.  Review the risk assessment if you think it is no longer valid or if there are any significant changes on site/to the work task.