Why Risk Assessments?

All businesses in the UK must conduct risk assessments and then record the significant findings (if any). Those with 5 or more employees must have these in writing.

Duty of Care:

The reason for risk assessments, is that all Companies have a “Duty of Care’ to protect employees and those affected by the work activity.

What must you assess?

The health and safety risks posed to employees and those affected by the work activity.

Must I assess the COVID-19 Coronavirus risk at work?

Yes. The employer’s duty of care extends to reasonably foreseeable health risks such as the current Coronavirus COVID-19 (CV19)pandemic. To help businesses, we have produced the following free documents:

Coronavirus workplace risk assessment (email info@safetyisthekey.co.uk for a copy)

Free Coronavirus workplace poster (email info@safetyisthekey.co.uk for a copy)

Free Coronavirus Business Continuity Plan (BCP) (email info@safetyisthekey.co.uk for a copy)

If the Inspector calls?

You must prove you have carried out risk assessments so keep accurate records.

Who can do a Risk Assessment?

Anyone that is deemed ‘competent’. That could be people within the business who know the tasks, equipment and how the work is carried out; or it could be someone external with specialist health and safety training, knowledge and experienced.

All businesses in the UK must conduct risk assessments and then record the significant findings (if any). Those with 5 or more employees must have these in writing.

What is a Risk Assessment?

We know risk assessments: we write thousands every year!
Put simply, workplace hazards can cause accidents, injuries and ill-health. As well as impacting lives, they may also lead to fines, court action and bad publicity, all distractions and costs that businesses can do without.

The risk is simply the chance (high, medium or low) that any hazard will actually cause harm, and the severity of that harm.

So a risk assessment is merely an assessment that allows you to decide on the best precautions (or controls) to put in place.

It’s a legal requirement for all businesses to undertake a risk assessment and record all significant risks in writing if there are 5 or more employees. Insurance companies often request risk assessments if a relevant claim is made.

These assessments can be a great tool to help prevent accidents and also act as evidence to Inspectors that you have carried out your H&S duties.

Safety is the Key has a large range of templates Checklists and Forms to help you with risk assessments, all included in our H&S Packages that start from £129 per month.

Call or email for more information:
Office: 020 8406 5039
Email: info@safetyisthekey.co.uk

With more than 30 years’ experience, we can help you with all aspects of your workplace health and safety.

Common types of risk assessments

Most workplace will require a range of risk assessments, no matter how safe you think the business is.

Health and safety legislation requires you to carry out risk assessments appropriate to your business and the ones we commonly get involved with are:

Fire Risk Assessment.

Chemicals risk assessments (often called COSHH Assessments due to the name of the regulations that require them).

Computer (or DSE) Assessments.

Manual Handling Assessments.

First Aid needs Assessments.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Assessments.

Workplace health risks must be included as well so do include COVID-19 (CV19) Coronavirus in your assessments. We can supply a free template – just email us on info@safetyisthekey.co.uk

Our Essential H&S Competent Person Package helps de-mystify risk assessments and even provide a range of template Forms and Checklists for just £129 per month.

Call or email for more information:
Office: 020 8406 5039
Email: info@safetyisthekey.co.uk

With more than 30 years’ experience, we can help you with all aspects of your workplace health and safety.