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Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment first entered Health and Safety legislation with the original Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, although it has since become common practice in the workplace, especially with the introduction of the European Six-Pack enacted in 2003.


What is the purpose of Risk Assessment


The whole purpose of Risk Assessment is so that the employer can identify what measures should be taken in order to meet their requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Management of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations require an employer make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risks and hazards within their workplaces, to safely manage the risk to their employees, contractors and visitors.


How should I record the Risk Assessment?


There is no prescribed way that a Risk Assessment should be recorded, although it is a written document, it is about how the control measures are implemented, reviewed and revised that makes a job safe.

The Risk Assessment is designed to ensure a clear process has been followed, ensuring that all risks/hazards have been identified and suitable and sufficient control measures have been taken so far as is reasonably practicable to ensure the safety of all.  

How does the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend Risk Assessment?


The  HSE  have published a guidance document, 5 Steps to Risk Assessment, which is downloadable on their website, reference INDG163.


The guidance shows 5 Steps to Risk Assessment as follows:




























The key to an effective Risk Assessment is to keep the whole process simple, and to not over complicate it.



Step 1:


Identify the hazards.

Step 2:


Decide who might be harmed and how.

Step 3:


Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions.

Step 4:


Record your findings and implement them.

Step 5:


Review your assessment and amend as necessary.

What is a Risk?


A risk is the liklihood of harm.

What is a Hazard?


A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm.

Our Risk Assessment qualifications:

Principles of Risk Assessment - Level 2 (RQF)

Risk Assessment - Level 3 (RQF) - COMING SOON