A risk assessment, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), is simply a careful examination of what, in the workplace, could cause harm to people. Accidents can ruin lives and you are legally required to assess the risks in your workplace and put in place a plan to control those risks. This is especially true of work at height where workers have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.
Step 1: Identify the hazards
Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how;
Step 3: Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions;
Step 4: Record your findings and implement them;
Step 5: Review your assessment and update if necessary.
Work at Height Regulations 2005 l Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
www.hse.gov.uk l Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Access Industry Forum (AIF)