straight forward health and safty advice
Every organisation must assess the hazards and risks that arise from its
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations impose a specific duty to carry out a
suitable and sufficient assessment of all risks to the health and safety of employees and others,
arising at or from a work activity.
There are specific provisions requiring a risk assessment to be carried
out where there are risks to new or expectant mothers or young
persons. The employer is under a general duty to reduce risks, so far as
is reasonably practicable.
A hazard is generally considered as something with the inherent
potential to cause harm or injury. Risk is the likelihood of harm or
injury arising from a hazard. See what you can spot in the ‘test
To carry out a risk assessment you have to assess the hazards and risks
to youself or to other persons, including the public; arising from the
work and the workplace in general. When preparing the assessment, look at:
Key health and safety risks that will be encountered;
Basic health, safety and welfare requirements for the work;
Hazards arising from work methods or products to be used;
The physical abilities of the individuals who will do the work;
Specific training, instruction or information, which may be
Take account of all of the hazards and the competence of the workforce and
whether it includes groups of people who may be especially at risk e.g. young and/or
inexperienced people. Always review the Risk Assessment following any accident / incident
relating to the activity.