What is a risk assessment?

In many countries health and safety legislation requires employers are legally required to assess the risks in their workplace so that they can put in place a plan to control the risks. This is known as a risk assessment.

In regard to managing health and safety, this process is contained in the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ framework, more details of which will be covered later in the course.

Step 1 – Identify the hazards

Step 2 – Decide who might be harmed and how

Step 3 – Evaluate the risk and implement controls

Step 4 – Record your findings

Step 5 – Review your assessment and update if necessary