What businesses need health and safety assessments?
If you have more than 5 employees you need do health and safety risk assessments - irrespective of what your business is!
We have the knowledge to assess your business and send out the relevant forms to enable you to fulfil your legal requirements.
How do I do a Risk Assessment?
To do a risk assessment, you need to understand what, in your business, might cause harm to people and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm. Once you have decided that, you need to identify and prioritise putting in place, appropriate and sensible control measures.
Identifying what can harm people in your workplace and who might be harmed and how. Evaluating the risks and deciding on the appropriate controls, taking into account the controls you already have in place. Recording your risk assessment and then reviewing and updating your assessment
Is Risk Assessment a Legal Requirement?
Yes, if you are an employer or self-employed. It is a legal requirement for every employer and self-employed person to make an assessment of the health and safety risks arising out of their work. The purpose of the assessment is to identify what needs to be done to control health and safety risks. Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
You only need to record the assessment if you have five or more employees.
Can I do a Risk Assessment myself?
Yes, in most cases, you ca do the assessment yourself with the help of your staff.
Our simple, easy to use forms will guide you through what you need to do.
What is a hazard and what is a risk?
Risk is the chance, high or low, of somebody being harmed by the hazard, and how serious the harm could be.
A hazard is anything that may cause harm, eg chemicals, electricity, noise etc.
What should I include in my risk assessment?
Your risk assessment should include consideration of what in your business might cause harm and how and, the people who might be affected. It should take into account any controls which are already in place and identify what, if any, further controls are required.
You should record that a proper check was made and that all employees who might be affected were considered. You need to show that all significant risks were assessed that the precautions are reasonable and that the remaining risk is low. You do not need to include risks from everyday life unless your work activities increase the risk. Our documentation will help you record this.
What do I have to do regarding fire safety?
As an employer (and/or building owner or occupier) you are required to carry out and maintain a fire safety risk assessment. This is under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which applies in England and Wales, and under Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act. The fire safety assessment can be carried out either as a separate exercise or as part of a single risk assessment covering other health and safety risks.
You need to make sure that, based on the findings of the assessment, you take adequate and appropriate fire safety measures to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire. Our fire awareness risk assessment will help you with this process.
What do I do next?
What are the costs?
For under 15 employees our forms and advice are FREE OF CHARGE!
For more than 15 employees are monthly fees start at £ 9.99 pro-rata based on the size of company.
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