Conducting a health and safety risk assessment
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Conducting a health and safety risk assessment

The following Practice Management practice note produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Conducting a health and safety risk assessment
  • Principles and objectives—the health and safety policy
  • Key staff members
  • Health and safety risk assessment
  • Identifying and evaluating your risks
  • Controlling the risks
  • Recording your findings
  • Risk review

Conducting a health and safety risk assessment

Having in place a well-thought-out and accessible structure on health and safety could help enable an organisation to ensure that it is managed effectively and efficiently. Some elements of health and safety, such as assessing (and controlling) the risks in your workplace are required by law.

An organisation should therefore:

  1. identify its overriding principles and objectives to ensuring the health and safety of its key stakeholders, ie what it wants to achieve (see subtopic: Health and safety policy)

  2. identify key members of staff and obtain their input

  3. conduct a risk assessment

  4. formulate an action plan justifying what the organisation needs and why (see Practice Note: Formulating a health and safety plan)

  5. implement the plan, and

  6. review the plan

This Practice Note provides information on conducting a health and safety risk assessment in an office-based workplace. Other industry/workplace-specific issues may apply in different working environments.

For information about regulatory requirements relevant to health and safety assessment and planning, please refer to Practice Notes: Health and safety assessment and planning—regulatory requirements and Formulating a health and safety plan.

For information on assessing the specific risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in an office-based workplace , see subtopic: Pandemic management, and in particular Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—safe working in an office environment and Precedent: Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk assessment and plan—offices.

Principles and objectives—the health

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