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Risk assessments

Risk assessment is about ensuring that your staff are properly protected.

All you need to know in 30 seconds

Risk assessment helps to identify and prioritise risks in the workplace and put measures in place to reduce future risks. It is the manager's duty to ensure risk assessments are carried out and reviewed regularly, with support where needed from a health and safety adviser. Risk assessment and policy templates are available on HR Connect.


All you need to know in detail

The purpose of a risk assessment is to identify and prioritise risks arising from workplace duties and to put practical measures in place to eliminate or reduce identified risks. Undertaking a risk assessment is the employer’s responsibility and it is important for you as a manager to regularly review and update risk assessments in collaboration with your team and their representatives.

Managers are responsible for ensuring risk assessments are carried out in their own work areas. Competent advice and assistance should be sought where necessary from a health and safety adviser and input from employees can provide a valuable perspective in addressing any new or job specific issues that may arise.

You may find it useful to visit the Health and Safety pages on HR Connect. Five steps on how to undertake a risk assessment are:

  • identify the hazards
  • decide who might be harmed and how
  • evaluate the risks and decide on precaution
  • record your findings and implement them
  • review your assessment and update if necessary.
Last Updated: 07 May 2019