Carrying out a business risk assessment

 

A risk assessment - also known as the health and safety survey - is a legal obligation for any employer. And if you have five or more employees, you're legally required to write it down. But on top of that, it's the most effective first step towards making your workplace safe for you, your employees and the public. This guide introduces you to:
What it includes
What to look out for
What to do next
Keeping records
What it includes
The assessment looks at any hazards in your workplace that could injure you, employees or members of the public. Simple is best - just jot down what the risks are, who they could harm, and what precautions you need to take. If you're a fairly small business and feel confident doing it yourself, you can - if you feel that you need help, get in touch with a safety consultant. The government's health and safety helpline can help - 0845 345 0055.
Hazards that could injure you, employees or member of the public
Note down risks, who they could harm and precautions
Carry out assessment yourself or use safety consultant
What to look out for
Keep an eye out for cables on the floor, hazardous chemicals and cleaning liquids, poorly lit areas, badly ventilated areas, exposure to high noise or vibration levels, faulty equipment, bad waste management, bad drainage, wobbly ladders, lack of training for equipment, fire safety, steps and low ceilings, slippery surfaces, safe vehicle loading and unloading.
Look out for hazards listed above
What to do next
You then implement all precautions needed - signs warning of steps or hazardous materials, training for equipment, regular checks to make sure everything is safe and hygienic, and so on. Once that's done, update your assessment. Review it regularly to make sure there are no new risks and make staff aware of any hazards that you can't fix.
Implement precautions needed
Update and review your assessment
Tell staff about any risks you can't remove
Keeping records
You only have to write down your assessment if you have five or more employees. Just note down risks, who they could affect and how you're dealing with them. If you have less than five employees, you might find it useful to manage your health and safety by keeping a written record, but you don't have to.
Keep a written record of you have five employees or more

A risk assessment - also known as the health and safety survey - is a legal obligation for any employer. And if you have five or more employees, you're legally required to write it down. But on top of that, it's the most effective first step towards making your workplace safe for you, your employees and the public. This guide introduces you to:

  • What it includes
  • What to look out for
  • What to do next
  • Keeping records

What it includes

The assessment looks at any hazards in your workplace that could injure you, employees or members of the public. Simple is best - just jot down what the risks are, who they could harm, and what precautions you need to take. If you're a fairly small business and feel confident doing it yourself, you can - if you feel that you need help, get in touch with a safety consultant. The government's health and safety helpline can help - 0845 345 0055.

  • Hazards that could injure you, employees or member of the public
  • Note down risks, who they could harm and precautions
  • Carry out assessment yourself or use safety consultant
  • What to look out for

What to look out for

Keep an eye out for cables on the floor, hazardous chemicals and cleaning liquids, poorly lit areas, badly ventilated areas, exposure to high noise or vibration levels, faulty equipment, bad waste management, bad drainage, wobbly ladders, lack of training for equipment, fire safety, steps and low ceilings, slippery surfaces, safe vehicle loading and unloading.

  • Look out for hazards listed above
  • What to do next

What to do next

You then implement all precautions needed - signs warning of steps or hazardous materials, training for equipment, regular checks to make sure everything is safe and hygienic, and so on. Once that's done, update your assessment. Review it regularly to make sure there are no new risks and make staff aware of any hazards that you can't fix.

  • Implement precautions needed
  • Update and review your assessment
  • Tell staff about any risks you can't remove
  • Keeping records

Keeping records

You only have to write down your assessment if you have five or more employees. Just note down risks, who they could affect and how you're dealing with them. If you have less than five employees, you might find it useful to manage your health and safety by keeping a written record, but you don't have to.

  • Keep a written record of you have five employees or more

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