Risk Assessment

If you are an employer (employing 5 or more people) it is a legal requirement to document the risks arising from your work activity and the control measures in place to either eliminate or reduce the probability of injury, ill-health to your workers.

What is a Risk Assessment?

 

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.

The easiest way to assess the risks in your workplace is to remember the anagram (IDERR).

  • Identify the hazards

  • Decide who might be harmed and how

  • Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions

  • Record your significant findings

  • Review your assessment and update if necessary

What is the purpose of a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is simply to identify and evaluate hazards within the workplace and the potential risk of your workers being harmed. When thinking about your risk assessment, remember:

  • a hazard is anything that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, working from ladders, an open drawer etc.

  • the risk is the chance, high or low, that somebody could be harmed by these and other hazards, together with an indication of how serious the harm could be. 

The cost of a Risk Assessment?

The cost of a bespoke risk assessment will vary depending on the task (whether it be a general or a specialist task) however we offer a risk assessment from as little as £20.