Getting Health and Safety Risk Assessment Right - dummies

Getting Health and Safety Risk Assessment Right


Part of Health & Safety at Work For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Risk assessment is core to safety – it’s a tool you use to identify and control the risks that your business faces. Here are a few tips to help you get it right the first time:

  • Don’t overcomplicate it – keep your risk assessment as simple as you can, while making sure that it covers all significant risks.

  • Make your risk assessment relevant and specific to your workplace and activities – it needs to reflect what you do, not what you think you do.

  • Use relevant good practice and industry guidance to support your risk assessment – you’ll be surprised at what’s out there, so don’t try to work out a solution from scratch when you can access perfectly good guidance that covers how to take health and safety action.

  • Talk to the people who do the job to get their input if you don’t know much about the activity you’re assessing, otherwise you may get your risk assessment wrong.

  • Make your risk assessment proportionate to the risk – don’t spend ages getting bogged down in trivia.

  • Use your risk assessment to help you make decisions (not to confirm decisions you’ve already made!).

  • Don’t forget to implement the extra precautions that you identify in your risk assessment – it’s no good to you or your organisation if you leave it sitting on a shelf, collecting dust.