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Hazard identification and risk management

Updating author: Ruth Wintersgill


  • Health and safety risk management is about identifying and controlling risks before they can cause problems. (See Risk management)
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment underpin the Health and Safety Executive's approach to health and safety risks. (See Hazard identification and risk assessment)
  • When deciding which control measures to take in order to eliminate or reduce identified risks, employers must apply the principles of prevention in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3242). (See Principles of prevention)
  • Employers must make and give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective control measures required to manage health and safety risks to the required legal standards. (See Arrangements)
  • Employers must appoint one or more competent persons to assist in undertaking the measures that they must take to comply with the main obligations of health, safety and fire law. (See Competent persons)

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