Risk Assessment

Checklist Items

  1. You must identify hazards in the workplace.
    Risk assessment requires businesses to look proactively at hazards within the workplace. This can be done by walking around the workplace and noting any areas of work which may cause harm and the risk of the hazard causing harm. It may be worthwhile discussing hazards with employees who may have specialist knowledge of work activities and equipment. You should also refer to any other sources of information available to you such as manufacturer’s instructions.

  2. You must consider who might be harmed and how.
    You must consider who might be harmed by work activities and how they may be harmed. This includes both workers and other people who may also be affected by your work activities, for example contractors, visitors and members of the public. You may need to consider the additional risks presented by vulnerable workers such as young or disabled people and pregnant women.You must look at what you are doing and decide if any further precautions are required.

    You may have already taken action to address hazards within the workplace.  You should think about whether the action you have taken is enough to protect people from harm or if there are other measures you could take to remove the hazard or improve safety further. 

  3. You must record your risk assessment, implement the controls and make sure the information is shared with employees.
    If you have five or more employees, you must record the significant findings of your risk assessment. It is important that employees understand the risks they are exposed to.
  4. You must review your risk assessment regularly.
    Work practices and workplaces are often subject to change, for example through the introduction of new technology and changes in working methods.  You should review your risk assessment regularly to ensure that it is still relevant and takes into account additional hazards created through change.

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