Be Aware of… Risk Assessments Why?

   Risk Assessments  What you should know

A risk assessment is an important step that will help you to protect your workers and your business, as well as complying with the law. It helps you to focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace – the ones with the potential to cause real harm. In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control risks, eg ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not slip, and cupboard drawers kept closed to ensure people do not trip. For most, that means simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure your most valuable asset – your workforce – is protected.

The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people ‘as far as reasonably practicable’. More information about risk assessment is available at the Health and safety made simple website.