Every organisation must assess the hazards and risks that arise from its work activities

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations impose a specific duty to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of all risks to the health and safety of employees and others, arising at or from a work activity.

There are specific provisions requiring a risk assessment to be carried out where there are risks to new or expectant mothers or young persons. The employer is under a general duty to reduce risks, so far as is reasonably practicable.

A hazard is generally considered as something with the inherent potential to cause harm or injury. Risk is the likelihood of harm or injury arising from a hazard. See what you can spot in the ‘test yourself’ section.

Carry out a risk assessment to assess the hazards and risks to you or to other persons arising from the work and the workplace in general. When preparing the assessment, look at:

Take account of all of the hazards and the competence of the workforce and whether it includes groups of people who may be especially at risk e.g. young and/or inexperienced people. Always review the Risk Assessment following any accident / incident relating to the activity.  ask  are able to provide guidance on the assessment of risks for a range of work activities.

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