Risk Assessment


Risk assessment basics

Learn the basics - understand how and why you need to complete a risk assessment

Simple Walk-throughs

Learn exactly how to complete a multitude of risk assessments, all designed to work for any industry

Risk assessment course: an online course specially for supervisors

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. As an employer you want supervisors who can not only complete a risk assessment, but can also take responsibility for the implementation of your controls. Our online course is an easy way to get your supervisors to go on a journey, learning how to complete a risk assessment all the way to understanding their responsibilities and owning them. 

Understand risk assessment easily

As an employer, manager, or someone who is responsible for health and safety in your workplace, you probably know that risk assessments are an important process you need to take seriously. The question is, how does it work in practice, and how can you make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your workplace be safe and compliant with the law?

What is risk assessment?

You might be trying to understand what a risk assessment is all about, and how it applies to your workplace. Basically, risk assessments are an evaluation of the health and safety needs and procedures of your business and help you ensure you are maintaining a healthy working environment. 

It’s a positive and proactive way of ensuring you are aware of the hazards, the risks involved in your work and what control measures should be in place to make sure things run safely and smoothly. It’s also an efficient way of keeping a record of where you’re up to, for future reference. If you check and evidence your workplace's health and safety you’ll be fine.

Take a look at the '5 Steps to Risk Assessment' to get a straightforward overview of the general process. If your work involves some specific risks you might also be interested in finding out about a fire risk assessment, a manual handling risk assessment, and a working at height risk assessment.

Why is a risk assessment important?

Your priority is protecting the health and wellbeing of the people you work with, including yourself, any visitors, clients and or members of the public that come into contact with your business. Conducting a risk assessment is all about figuring out how best to go about this. 

Showing that you care about health and safety, are prepared to invest the time, money, and effort will demonstrate your reputation as a compassionate and professional employer. If your organisation has five or more employees, a formal risk assessment is a legal requirement, but even in a smaller business it is best practice to take a thorough approach to keeping your business safe and healthy. Morally, taking action to prevent harm coming to people is important. In doing so, it will also help protect your business's assets, reputation, and legal standing.

To find out more about the legal requirements, and other benefits of risk assessments, check out the blog 'Is Risk Assessment a legal requirement?' You can also get an idea of how conducting a risk assessment helps to protect people from '7 Examples of Eliminating Hazards.'

How can you get started with risk assessment?

First of all, don’t panic! There is plenty of help available to guide you through the process. If you follow the information available in the blogs, you will feel more confident in making risk assessments a standard part of your business process.

A good place to start is by following a template as a checklist to make sure you remember where you’re up to. I have broken the stages of risk assessment down for you in free basic risk assessment template: A Step By Step Guide. You are welcome to download it and use, or adapt it for your purposes. To make sure your risk assessments are up-to-date, you might also want to read our 'How often do risk assessments need to be reviewed?' blog. 

You’ll also want to make sure you don’t get tripped up by any loose ends and keep on top of those day-to-day hazards as they arise. To complement your regular formal risk assessment procedures, you might find our 'Dynamic risk assessment' blog helpful. Don’t forget about having a risk assessment audit to check if your procedure needs to be updated.

I hope these blogs can help you feel more at ease about risk assessment. The information is all here at your fingertips to help you understand what risk assessment involves and feel comfortable getting set up. You can also feel confident that support is available at every step, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want specialised and practical advice from a health and safety expert to get you on the right track.

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