Where can employers find information about workplace hazards for the purposes of risk assessment?
Employers can obtain guidance on hazard identification and risk assessment from a wide variety of sources including Approved Codes of Practice and guides published by the Health and Safety Executive. Some of these are applicable to all employers and some are specific to certain industries or activities. Other sources of information include British and International Standards, manufacturers' instructions for equipment, data sheets for chemical products and industry and trade association guidance.
The personal knowledge and experience of managers and employees is also invaluable, as is the information contained in incident, accident and ill-health records. Sometimes it may be necessary for employers to seek expert advice or to take relevant research into account.