Risk Assessment Starter Pack

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Employers are required by law to protect their employees, and others, from harm. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, companies must provide a safe working environment. The purpose of a risk assessment is to systematically identify all hazards related to the activities that the company undertakes. Start By identifying the hazard, and those who could be affected by the activity. The company can then look at ways to remove the hazard. Failing that it can lessen the danger or use controls that will reduce the risk of the hazard occurring to ‘as low as reasonably practicable’. The aim should be to prevent workplace accidents and occupational diseases occurring.

For the majority of small, lower risk businesses the procedures Company’s are required to carry out are straightforward. There can be completed by those with adequate knowledge of the health and safety requirements. Their should be experienced in the processes and activities being assessed.

A risk assessment is an evaluation of risk. Following a risk assessment it should then be possible to decide upon the most appropriate action to take. This should aim to minimise the likelihood of that risk.

Risk Assessment is a fundamental process for ensuring health and safety in the workplace. This course offers instructions for carrying out risk assessments.

Controls that are used to reduce risks should be used in line with safe systems of work. They should be included as a critical part of operatives training for job specific tasks.

Very few situations and activities (in live or in work) are truly safe. Though, some maybe safer than others. But, it would be a mistake to consider any work practices to be completely risk free.

Key Factors

It is the purpose of a Risk Assessment to eliminate the hazard or reduce risk as low as reasonably possible. Though this phrase should not be used to justify the existing conditions of procedures. It does, however allow for a cost benefit analysis approach. To aid decisions on how much effort, time and expenses should be spent on lowering risks. The greater the risk the more benefit to the costs allocated. Therefore, lower risks will not require the same level of investment.

In the Course Summary you will find a link to an interactive template, which can be either printed out and filled in manually or downloaded to complete on your own device.  AThis will enable businesses to complete their own specific assessments, based on the their companies policies and procedures. Click the link in the Course Summary.

Course Progress

You should read each all the topics within the course, clicking “complete” as you navigate onto the following topics. After completing all the topics you will reach the test page. To receive a certificate at the end of this course you will be required to sit this short test. This will confirm the awareness you have gained from the major parts of the course. 

It is recommended that you keep your own notes as you navigate through the course in preparation for the 10-question multiple choice test.  You can move back and forth between the topics at any time during the course and re-read it fully if desired . There is no time limit for reviewing the course. But there is a  time constraint for the test of 15 minutes.  The pass mark is 80% and you will be allowed two re-sit opportunities. 

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