How to identify and manage health and safety risks
Author: Andrea Oates
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- Be aware of the general duty on employers to carry out risk assessments in relation to their employees and others who may be affected by their activities.
- Be aware that there are also specific requirements in relation to particular hazards and in relation to the health and safety of particular groups of workers.
- Ensure that anyone carrying out risk assessments on behalf of the organisation has sufficient training and knowledge to do so.
- Ensure that the risk assessment covers any risks to groups of workers outside the core workforce.
- Consult managers, supervisors, specialists and employees and their representatives about the risks involved in their work and the measures necessary to prevent or control them.
- When carrying out the risk assessment, address what actually happens in the workplace and not only what should happen.
- Apply the principles of prevention when implementing measures to reduce any risks identified.
- Ensure that the results of the risk assessment are acted on.
- Prepare a written plan of action identifying who will take action and by when.
- Ensure that the risk assessment is reviewed as appropriate.