As an employer, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) states you're required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm.
Visit your site/s and identify the hazards
Identify who may be at risk and how
Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Record the findings and discuss with senior management
Implement the precautions
Regularly review the assessment and update if necessary
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the minimum you must do is:
- Identify what could cause injury or illness in your business (hazards)
- Decide how likely it is that someone could be harmed and how seriously (the risk)
- Take action to eliminate the hazard, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk
Health and safety risk assessments are a straightforward and structured method of ensuring the risks to the health, safety and wellbeing of employees (and others) are suitably eliminated, reduced or controlled. Assessing risk is just one part of the overall process used to control risks in your workplace.
It is a legal requirement for any employer and must be documented wherever five or more people are employed.
At Safety Forward we have experience of carrying out bespoke health and safety risk assessments in all kinds of environments from small office spaces to large manufacturing plants as well as major hazard industries including construction and chemical-based businesses. We work closely with clients to understand their business activity and identify potential hazards making recommendations to reduce the risk of injury to all stakeholders and visitors to your site/s.
We carry out a variety of different health and safety risk assessments including:
- COSHH Assessments
- Lone Working
- DSE Assessment
- Premises & Workplace
- Working at Height
- Confined Spaces
- Shift Working
- Manual Handling
- New and Expectant Mothers
- Laboratory Assessments
Once completed the health and safety risk assessment needs be reviewed periodically and in any case when either the current assessment is no longer valid and/or if at any stage there has been significant changes to the specific activity or task. In the event of an accident, incident or ill-health event we will review the risk assessment in order to verify if the control measures and level of evaluated risk where appropriate or require amending.