What is a risk assessment?
A Risk Assessment is an examination of the what, in your work, could cause harm to people. A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.
Why do I need to do a risk assessment?
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 there is a specific requirement for all employers and self -employed persons to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments of the workplace and individual activities, to identify the risks to workers and any others who may be affected.
Companies employing five or more must have documented risk assessments for all the hazards identified in the workplace or for their work activity.
If you have less than five employees, you still have a duty to carry out risk assessments, but you do not have to write anything down. However, we strongly recommend you have either a written or electronic copy to help protect you and your employees safety & health.