What is a safety risk assessment?

Posted by SM Smith Associates on December 16, 2010  |   No Comments »

A risk is defined as a measure of the likelihood that harm will occur from a particular hazard, considering the severity of potential harm. It is a legal requirement to carry out a safety risk assessment of all risks in the workplace in an attempt to identify, and eliminate or reduce all risks.

Health and Safety is a common problem for small and medium sized businesses, but it is your responsibility to ensure that suitable sufficient safety risks assessments are carried out. The process can be carried out with the help of professionals, so why not contact SM Smith Associates to provide you with the guidance required to understand the Health and Safety regulations, and carry out any necessary responsibilities.

Safety Risk Assessment TrainingThe Health and Safety at Work Regulations came into force in 1992, and were amended in 1999. They are considered to be the most significant piece of legislation since the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They set the requirement to manage your business’ risk through safety risk assessments.

SM Smith Associates are a Health and Safety consultancy with years of experience in risk assessments and many other aspects of Health and Safety. We are aware how daunting and onerous safety risk assessments can be, so always ensure that you are fully aware of current legislation. To save any hassle or worry about being outside of the law, why not obtain expert help from SM Smith Associates today?

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations states that “Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:

  • The risks to the health and safety of his/her employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work; and
  • The risks to the health and safety of person not in his/her employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him/her or his undertaking”.

The purpose of these safety risk assessments to identify any potential hazards or risks involved with the activity being carried out. Once the assessment is complete you will be required to introduce controls to reduce the hazards with the aim to prevent any employees getting hurt, injured or ill.

The idea of safety risk assessments is to prevent accidents and ill health in work, rather than waiting for an incident to occur and reacting to it then. The law is quite flexible, iit is understood that it is impossible to eliminate every risk, but you are legally obliged to protect people as “reasonably practical”.

Health and Safety in the workplace is extremely important, and ignoring current legislation or conducting an inadequate risk assessment could leave you vulnerable to a hefty fine, and a damaged reputation. To ensure that you are always working on the right side of the law, contact a reputable Health and Safety consultancy who can work with you to reduce risks within your business.

SM Smith Associates are experts within this field, and will ensure that your safety risk assessments are thoroughly carried out by a competent person. We are dedicated to providing an efficient and easy to understand service, making Health and Safety work for you.

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