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Risk Assessment

What is the legal requirement?

Every employer and self employed person must carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The law requires the findings of the assessment to be communicated to all employees.

The purpose of the risk assessment is to identify the measures needed for the employer to comply with health and safety law and to ensure that work is carried out as safely as practicably possible.

If 5 or more people are employed a written record of the risk assessment must be kept.

What is the point of risk assessment?

The risk assessment identifies the risks to health and safety arising out of, or in connection with, work. It should identify how the risks arise (the hazards) and how they impact on those affected. This information is needed to make decisions on how to manage those risks and minimise the potential for injury as far as possible. A good risk assessment should ensure that the business is aware of what it needs to do to comply with health and safety legislation.

Where can I get further information?

For further information please visit the risk management pages of the HSE website.

Updated: 24 Oct 2014
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