WorkNest’s Guide to Risk Assessments | 6 Simple Steps

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of good health and safety management. As well as being a legal requirement under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999, risk assessment allows us to systematically examine the workplace with the aim of understanding potential causes harm to employees, customers, visitors and others. By identifying hazards, and establishing who may be harmed and how, action can then be taken to make the environment safer.

But there are many misconceptions around risk assessment, and this can cause businesses to over-complicate the task or miss the mark, compromising their effectiveness.

Download our free risk assessment guide

If you’re not sure where to start, download our straightforward risk assessment guide. In it, our Health & Safety specialists break down everything you need to know to conduct a meaningful risk assessment. We share our simple six-step approach and answer common risk assessment queries so that you can approach this task with confidence.

The main objective of risk assessment at work is to decide what steps you need to take to comply with health and safety law. In this way, understanding how to conduct a risk assessment is fundamental to overall health and safety management – which is why we have created this practical guide.

This risk assessment guide is just one of the ways Ellis Whittam is committed to helping employers fulfil their legal obligation to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone affected by your organisation’s activities. Like everything we do, it is also intended to help you save time, cut through the confusion and prevent costly mistakes.

The Definitive Employer’s Guide to General Risk Assessment

Created by our team of highly-qualified consultants, this threat and hazard identification and risk assessment guide provides an contains everything you need to know to conduct a robust risk assessment of your workplace.

What's included in our risk assessment pdf

What does risk assessment involve? And how do you properly carry one out?

Rather than trawl the internet, this comprehensive and easy-to-follow risk assessment guide has been produced as a tool to assist employers in drawing up a General Risk Assessment. In it, you will learn:

  • Why you need to risk assess your workplace (your duties under the MHSWR)
  • Who should carry out a risk assessment
  • The objectives of a risk assessment
  • The different types of risk assessment (‘qualitative’ versus ‘quantitative’)
  • What a risk assessment needs to include to be ‘suitable and sufficient’
  • The step-by-step process you need to follow
  • Different categories of hazards
  • The difference between General Risk Assessments and Specific Risk Assessments
  • The difference between a hazard and a risk
  • Key terms, including ‘near miss’, ‘dangerous occurrence’ and ‘reasonably practicable’

We also share expert tips on good practice and avoiding common mistakes.

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Why our risk assessment guide is beneficial to businesses

All businesses have a legal duty to risk assess their environment. But unless you live and breathe health and safety on a daily basis, this can be a daunting and time-consuming task.

It’s absolutely essential that risk assessment is done right. After all, the vast majority of serious safety incidents can be traced back to risk assessment failings and could have been easily avoided had hazards been spotted and dealt with. This is why health and safety law assumes that employers are guilty until proven innocent.

With fines for health and safety breaches now unlimited, risk assessment is key to protecting your people, your reputation and your bottom line. Not only can risk assessing your workplace help to proactively prevent accidents from occurring in the first place but, if they do, you will be better able to defend your position and stand up to regulator scrutiny by demonstrating the steps you took to keep people safe.

So don’t risk falling short – download our free risk assessment guide now.

Let Ellis Whittam do the hard work for you

If you’re not confident undertaking risk assessments yourself and would like more hands-on help, our fixed-fee Health & Safety service includes:

For more information, call us on 0345 226 8393 or request your free consultation using the button below.

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