General risk assessments are required by law – Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006. A risk assessment is the process of identifying what hazards currently exist or may appear in the workplace. A risk assessment defines which workplace hazards are likely to cause harm to employees and others and the control measures that are required to reduce those risks to as low as reasonably practicable. Risk assessments need to be reviewed on a regular basis. There are various reasons to review your risk assessments such as:
As a rule of thumb, reviews should be undertaken at least on an annual basis. This will help you to know when it was first undertaken and when it requires updating.
Changes in Legislation
All risk assessments must comply with the law. New regulations can be introduced on 1st April or on 1stOctober, and may reflect new research and technology and changes in work practices.
Changes of Task
The workplace is dynamic and constantly evolving, and you need to be aware of how changes to your place of work, the work equipment and working practices affect the health and safety of the people you employ and others who may be affected by your work activities. According to the HSE, you will need to conduct a new risk assessment whenever there are “new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.” This includes conducting risk assessments for the installation of equipment as well as its use.
We should always be striving to make sure that any improvements or health and safety controls that have been implemented are actually working to reduce risk. To do this you may need to conduct a follow-up risk assessment to review any improvements that have been introduced since the last risk assessment. This review will most likely be specific to a particular control.
Accidents and Near Misses
Sometimes accidents or dangerous occurrences (near misses) happen, and if you do find yourself in this situation, it is important to ensure you are taking the right steps to prevent a similar event from taking place. The HSE has a document specifically designed for the investigation of accidents and dangerous occurrences (HSG245). The investigation process includes reviewing the existing risk assessments to check that control measures were being followed or that new control measures may be required.
Health and safety is about physical and psychosocial wellbeing, and some hazards can have an effect on people’s attendance, attitudes and behaviour at work. High staff turnover, sickness, absenteeism and complaints of stress or bullying could be indicators that something in the workplace is affecting people’s health and safety.
Within the construction industry risk assessments may be required to accompany a method statement that will provide a higher tier of information to enable the Principal Contractor to comply with his obligation to protect other contractors on site. Our consultants are dealing with risk assessments on a daily basis and they can assist you with your assessments to make them less complicated. Complete the enquiry form or call us on 01708 55 55 44 to discuss your risk assessment needs.
We currently offer the following risk assessments: