Health and Safety Consulting

Risk Assessment


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Risk Assessment is an essential part of the planning stage of any health and safety management system.

The general duties of employers to their employees in section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imply the need for risk assessment. 

This duty was also extended by section 3 of the Act to anybody else affected by activities of the employer e.g. contractors, visitors, customers or members of the public. 

Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999 requires employers to make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their workers, or any other person who may be affected by their undertakings. This requirement relates also to the self-employed.

Where there are five or more employees, the significant findings of the assessment shall be recorded and any specially at risk group of employees identified.  (This does not mean that employees with less than five employees need not undertake risk assessments).


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