How do I assess the risks in my workplace?
A good starting point is to walk around your workplace and look for any hazards –
a hazard is anything that may cause harm.
Then think about the risks – a risk is the chance, high or low, of somebody being
harmed by the hazard, and how serious the harm could be.
Think about how accidents could happen and who might be harmed. Ask your
employees what they think the hazards are, as they may notice things that are not
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to you and may have some good ideas on how to control the risks.
Concentrate on the real risks – those that are most likely to cause harm. Consider
the measures you are already taking to control the risks and ask if there is anything
you should do to make your workplace safer.
Once you have identified the risks and what you need to do to control them, you
should put the appropriate measures in place.
Then record your findings. If you have fewer than five employees you don’t have to write
anything down but it is good practice to keep a record.
An easy way to record your findings is to use the risk assessment template. This
template also includes a section for your health and safety policy so you can
record everything in one place. Use the copy at the back of this guide or you can
find it online (www.hse.gov.uk/risk/risk-assessment-and-policy-template.doc).
Take a look at our selection of example risk assessments (www.hse.gov.uk/risk/
casestudies). They show you what a completed risk assessment might look like
for your type of business. You can use these as a guide when doing your own.
We are also developing online risk assessment tools, which will help some
businesses complete and print off their own records (www.hse.gov.uk/risk/
assessment.htm). Show less