The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website explains; “As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm”. This involves taking a close look at your business and deciding a) what might cause harm and b) what you should do to prevent that harm from happening. This process is known as a risk assessment.
Is writing a risk assessment a legal requirement?
A risk assessment is a legal requirement for any business. However, if your business has less than five employees, you do not have to have a written risk assessment.
If you are planning on writing a risk assessment, breaking it down into the following sections may help;
· Establish the hazards
· Identify who could be harmed
· Evaluate the workplace risks
· Record your findings
· Review regularly
The workplace can change quickly and dramatically: new equipment, more staff, another office location etc. Regular reviews will help identify new risks before they can become harmful to the workforce.
The time to be thorough
Writing a risk assessment doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need to be thorough. If your business is involved in the construction industry, you may have multiple sites to manage, with a variety of shift crew operating heavy plant. These environments often have the added challenge of ensuring the safety of site suppliers and visitors.
In situations like these a thorough, well documented risk assessment is vital. It will ensure all site safety risks are clearly identified and documented in detail; highlighting the hazards, minimising the accidents and keeping the entire workforce healthy and safe.
Help is at hand
The Atlas Safety Management safety consultants are on hand to help provide site safety files, safety inspections and even staff training. For the larger construction projects we can also act as outsourced Principal Design Co-ordinator.
Our services are bespoke and designed specifically to keep your business compliant and your workforce safe. Ask us about a free consultation today.