A Risk Assessment is a method of looking at work activities, considering what could go wrong, and deciding on suitable control measures to prevent loss, damage or injury in the workplace. The Assessment should include the controls required to eliminate, reduce or minimise the risks.
What are the risks in the picture on the right does anything need to be done?
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Why Conduct A Risk Assessment?
Risk Assessments are a requirement for businesses. If you don’t know, or appreciate where the risks are, you are putting yourself, your employees, your customers and your organisation in danger.
Employers must look at all work activities that could cause harm in order to decide whether they are doing enough to meet their legal obligations.
The aim should always be to reduce the risks as much as is ‘reasonably practicable’ which is the legal minimum and employers should consider doing more than the
‘Reasonably practicable’ is a legal term that means employers must balance the cost of steps that they could take to reduce a risk against the degree of risk presented. When deciding costs, the time, trouble and effort required should be included and not just the financial cost.
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