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Health and Safety at Work (Risk Assessments)
We are responsible for enforcing health and safety at work
legislation in premises such as offices, shops, warehouses, hotels,
pubs, restaurants, motor vehicle repair and small consumer service
premises e.g. tyre fitting and shoe repair.
Other workplaces are the responsibility of the Health and Safety Executive
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Health and Safety Enforcement Policy
Health and Safety at Work - Risk
As an employer, the law requires you to
assess and manage health and safety risks - for most businesses
this is not difficult to do and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
has published Five Steps to Risk Assessment to help you.
A risk assessment helps you focus on the risks that really
matter in your workplace - the ones with the potential to cause
real harm. In many instances, straightforward measures can
readily control risks. For most, that means simple, cheap and
effective measures to ensure your workforce is protected.
The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are
required to protect people as far as 'reasonably
practicable'. This guide tells you how to achieve that with a
minimum of fuss.
The five steps recommended by the HSE are:-
Step 1 - IDENTIFY the hazards - how people could be
harmed. There are tips including how to spot the hazards that
Step 2 - DECIDE who might be harmed and how. The booklet
will help you identify the best way to manage the risk.
Step 3 - EVALUATE the risks and decide on precaution.
Compare what you do to good practice.
Step 4 - RECORD your findings and implement them. You can
use the blank template in the booklet to do this. This will
include both temporary and long term solutions.
Step 5 - REVIEW your assessment and update if necessary.
Set a date each year for a formal review to take account of new
processes or equipment.
For further information contact us
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