All employers have a legal obligation to undertake risk assessments of both their workplace and activities that are undertaken by employees.
DDR Consultants has the expertise and experience to help you meet your legal obligations. We have helped many businesses implement risk assessments covering the following and much more…
What our risk assessments can cover:
- Manual Handling
- Computers, Laptops & Equipment
- Provision & Use of Work Equipment
- Hazardous Substances
- Tools & Machinery
- Confined Spaces
- Young Persons & Women
What is a risk assessment?
It is a methodical process of understanding the risks staff may face and what employers must do to mitigate any potential harm. Most business owners and managers will naturally think about the safety of their workforce, but a risk assessment ensures no risks are missed.
They are not about covering every single little risk that an employee may face. Instead, they should be focused on risks that could cause serious harm. With that in mind, you do not have to list everything in pages upon pages of documentation.
Are risk assessments a legal requirement?
Yes, they are a legal requirement for every business and even self-employed people. However, you are only required to have written records of your risk assessment if you have five or more employees. Below this, you must still undertake a risk assessment but there is no requirement for you to have it in writing.
What do I need to record?
After reviewing all the risks and hazards to your employees, you need to make a written record (if you have five or more staff) of your noteworthy findings, detailing what they are, your plan to control them and whether any changes are required.
You must also note any employees that are especially at risk, such as a group of employees doing a more hazardous job than others.
When should I update my risk assessments?
Whenever the workplace changes, it is recommended that you review your previous assessment to ensure that it has not become outdated. A change can be anything from new equipment through to changes in how you operate. It is based solely on judgement and this is typically why companies opt to speak to experts for assistance. You must review your risk assessments after an accident or incident within the workplace to ensure that it cannot happen again. Finally, as a minimum you must review the risk assessments as a minimum once per a year.
How DDR Consultants can help you:
We have been established for over 10 years and have helped a wide variety of businesses ensure they are in adherence with the law. From implementing health and safety policies through to carrying out a one-off risk assessment, we can help you.
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