Health and Safety Risk Assessments
A risk assessment is a systematic evaluation of the hazards within the workplace and how those hazards are likely to be released and so cause harm. The significant hazards should always be documented and more importantly how they are controlled and all staff must have read and understood those hazards and controls. (How they will harm you or others?)
Are you conducting the appropriate action for your business?
Why do you need a Health and Safety Risk Assessment?
Under the UK law, organisations with 5 or more members of staff are required to carry out a written risk assessment covering all significant hazards within the work place. A ‘hazard’ can be defined as anything that could have the potential to cause harm including fire risks, trip hazards and any heavy objects.
Ensuring that these risk assessments are in place, in your organisation, will aid in managing risks and avoid any injury, damage or ill health for your employees, and other people that come into contact with your business. This is achieved by documenting and putting in suitable control measures in place to minimise hazards.
What Constitutes a Risk?
Risks will vary between different organisations but some of the common hazards identified are:
- Slips and trips
- COSHH risks (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
- Noise & vibrations
- Working at height
- Flammable gases
We can come to visit you on site, assess your level of risk and provide you with the right documentation, advice and recommendations for all industries. However if you feel like your needs are more specialised, please feel free to give us a call and discuss it with us for your own peace of mind.
Outsourcing to a specialist and experienced team of health and safety consultants will not only ensure that you are looking after your people and those they interact with and comply with UK law avoiding prosecution, you will also be saving yourself some valuable time and worry by leaving it to the experts.
A fully qualified member of our team will come to visit your premises, conduct a full and detailed risk assessments, and following the visit a detailed report of findings and recommendations will be provided.
In some cases risk assessments highlight areas of improvement that are required for your business which of course we can provide additional support for. This can include anything from DSE assessments, to supplying fire extinguishers, stands and notices.
We can support with a whole variety of industries from construction sites, to school classrooms. Give us a call on 01666 503686 to discuss your needs with a member of our team.