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Risk Assessment

WHO - WHEN - WHY?

WHO SHOULD CARRY OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT?

Firstly, you do not necessarily need specific training or qualifications to carry out a risk assessment. As an employer, however, you must appoint someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties. A competent person is someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety. If you have doubts in this area you should call in a professional who can help you set up a strategy to deal with Risk Assessments.

WHEN SHOULD I CARRY OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says risk should be assessed “every time there are new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.” An employer should carry out a risk assessment: whenever a new job brings in significant new hazards. If you ever have doubts about onsite safety, you should check to make sure that the correct Health & Safety Policies are in place and that Risk assessments have been previously made.

WHY SHOULD I CARRY OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT
 
Risk assessments are very important as they form an integral part of an occupational health and safety management plan. They help to: Create awareness of hazards and risk. Identify who may be at risk (e.g., employees, visitors, contractors, the public, etc.) It is a legal requirement for every employer and self-employed person to make an assessment of the health and safety risks arising out of their work. The purpose of the assessment is to identify what needs to be done to control health and safety risks.