Free Risk Assessment
What is a Risk Assessment and how do I write one?
Every company has a responsibility to make sure their workplace is safe for employees, contractors, and members of the public. An important consideration for businesses in any industry, Risk Assessments are used to identify, monitor, and review the dangers in a working environment.
Once you’ve planned a Risk Assessment and carried it out, you should document any changes required to prevent these potential hazards from causing harm and of course take the necessary remedial action. As well as a crucial practice for safeguarding, Risk Assessments also function as an opportunity to add further safety measures based on findings and outcomes. Our free template can help you cover every aspect of the Risk Assessment process.
Our free template allows you to:
- Identify the significant hazards that are present (a hazard is something that has the potential to cause someone harm or ill health).
- Consider if what you have already done reduces the risk of someone being harmed to an acceptable level, and if not;
- Consider what further control measures you must take to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
Do I need to conduct a Risk Assessment?
As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to create, maintain and store the Risk Assessments relevant to your business.
When should a Risk Assessment be carried out?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) encourages businesses to regularly reassess potential risks in their workplace to make sure that no further risks have arisen, and no new measures are needed. The HSE recommends that businesses carry out a Risk Assessment at least once a year.
However, they also state that a Risk Assessment should happen every time new procedures, equipment, or substances are introduced into the workplace as they may lead to the possibility of new hazards. It could also be worth carrying out a Risk Assessment if there is a high staff turnover to check that all existing employees are aware of the Health & Safety protocol, and if there have been any concerning changes such as a rise in absences relating to a problem in the workplace.