It is a legal requirement for organisations with 5 or more staff to carry out documented health and safety risk assessments of all of their significant hazards. Although it is your responsibility to undertake risk assessments on your premises Walker Health and safety services offer risk assessment services and can support your through the process. Click here to email us with your enquiry.
The Health & Safety Executive guidance advocates a 5 step approach to risk assessments:
1. Identify the hazards present (a hazard is anything with the potential to cause harm e.g. slippery floors, electrical equipment, lifting heavy objects, stress, machinery, fire etc.).
2. Identify the people at risk from the hazards e.g. employees, contractors, visitors etc. Particularly vulnerable employees should also be considered e.g. young people and new/expectant mothers.
3. Evaluate the risk, taking into account the likelihood and severity of any accidents. Existing controls in place should be identified and evaluated.
4. Record the findings on a suitable form.
5. Review the risk assessment regularly.
Risk assessments are vital to creating a healthy, safe working environment. You will need to perform a risk assessment to identify and avoid hazards and risks in your workplace, regardless of the size of your business. You can then help to prevent occupational accidents and ill health by taking precautionary measures.
Walker Health and Safety Services can support you through the risk assessment process or can carry out the risk assessments on your behalf. You are still responsible for risk assessments on your premises.
In order to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is necessary to complete a specific fire related risk assessment. The fire risk assessment takes into consideration all employees and any other persons who may be affected by a fire within the workplace and surrounding areas. The assessment must be documented when more than five people are employed in the workplace.
Walker Health & Safety Services can carry out a fire risk assessment and will check that principles of prevention have been applied.
1. avoiding risks
2. evaluating the risks which cannot be avoided
3. combating the risks at source
4. adapting to technical progress
5. replacing the dangerous by the non-dangerous or less dangerous
6. developing a coherent overall prevention policy which covers technology, organisation of work and the influence of factors relating to the working environment
7. giving collective protective measures priority over individual protective measures and
8. giving appropriate instructions to employees.
Failure to compile a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment may result in the local fire authority taking enforcement action on employers or owners of premises. Walker Health & Safety Services will assist the organisation in compiling the fire risk assessment. We will provide guidance and advice to guarantee your compliance with the legislation.
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