What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is a careful examination of what, in your business, could cause harm to people. There are no fixed rules about how it should be carried out; it will depend on the nature of your business and the type and extent of the hazards and risks found.

For small businesses with few or simple hazards, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment can be a straight forward process. In larger, more complex cases, specialist knowledge may be required. Employers with five or more employees must record the significant findings of their risk assessment.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 requires all employers and self employed people to assess any risks to workers and anyone else who may be affected by their business operation.

For further information or a free booket, please contact us. Guidance on completing a risk assessment is also available from the Health and Safety Executive.

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