A risk assessment considers what might cause harm and assesses how to protect both customers and employees from the identified risk occurring. Different industries are required to provide more in-depth risk assessments depending on the nature of their business. But, in general, a risk assessment will expect you to:
- Look for the hazards – things that might cause slips, trips and falls, working at height, exposure to hazardous substances, fire, explosion, high noise levels and moving vehicles. These are just a few examples.
- Determine who might get harmed and in what way (eg builder falling off a ladder)
- Consider the risks and decide if adequate provisions are in place to prevent accidents occurring, or whether additional precautions need to be put in place
- Record your findings
- Review your risk assessment policy from time to time (best practise is at least annually) and update it if necessary, especially if new hazards are introduced to the workplace.
If an organisation has 5 or more employees working at premises then they must put the risk assessment in writing.
Below you shall find a few templates which can be used as a guide. Please feel free to adapt these to reflect the risks and hazards within your own organisation.