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Risk assessment

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 & The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, require employers to make a suitable and sufficient assessment.

What is a Risk Assessment?

  • a careful examination of hazards
  • identify any activity, machinery or substance that could potentially cause injury or death
  • identify who could be harmed
  • implement control measures to eliminate/reduce the risk

It is important to distinguish between hazard and risk:

  • a hazard is something with the potential to cause harm
  • a risk is the extent to which something harmful may happen - i.e. the combination of the likelihood and consequences of a specified hazardous event

For the 5 Steps to Risk Assessment, see HSE Risk Management.

Example risk assessment

The Example Risk Assessment for Education Departments118KB will help you understand the process.

Other assessments are available on request.

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