Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 it is a legal requirement for organisations with more than 5 employees to have recorded risk assessments in place. Failure to provide these may lead to prosecution and will definitely weaken an organisation's defence against any personal injury claims.
Depending upon the organisation's operations, some or all of the following risk assessments will be required:
- premises risk assessment
- task-related risk assessment
- stress risk assessment
- hazardous substances (COSHH) assessment
- manual handling risk assessment.
Risk assessments must be 'suitable and sufficient' and be carried out by a 'competent person' ie someone who is familiar with the relevant hazards, understands the risk assessment process, is familiar with the requirements of the supporting legislation and knows how to adequately manage the risks identified.
Risk assessments carried out by our health and safety consultants will be supported by clear and objective plans prioritising the necessary actions to minimise risk and ensure legal compliance.
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