How Many Risk Assessments Should I Do?
A risk assessment is something required for all workplaces. It entails thinking about what might cause harm to people in the workplace and identifying sensible measures to control the risks. Risk assessments need to be written down if there are 5 or more employees.
The number of risk assessments will depend on your workplace. An office is often a low risk environment and a single risk assessment covering all the hazards may suffice. A manufacturing site will usually feature various processes and machinery. Therefore, risk assessments are usually broken down into tasks, processes, locations, etc. or a combination. As risk assessments should be reviewed annually this makes the review process more manageable.
Focus on real risks – those risks that are most likely and would cause the most harm. These are the significant risks that should be included on a risk assessment. So, predictably, the more risks that are identified the more risk assessments you could potentially have, particularly in workplaces with lots of different machinery, or lots of different processes.
As the HSE states,
‘A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.’
For more information on risk assessments call our Health & Safety expert, Steve on 0844 8797286.
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