Creating a Safer Workplace
Your business or organisation is required by law to carry out health and safety risk assessments to record significant findings and identify these to their staff. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) require employers to examine what could have the potential to cause injury, harm or loss to people from their work activity or workplace. In addition, employers need to identify whether sufficient precautions have been taken to reduce risks to an acceptable level.
It makes good sense when carrying out your risk assessments to use an holistic approach and consider all risks (e.g. environmental and health & safety). A risk assessment is an important step in protecting your employees and your business, as well as complying with the law. It helps you focus on the main hazards that really matter in your workplace – the ones with the potential to cause real harm.
You are not expected to eliminate all risk, however, you are required to protect people as far as ‘reasonably practicable’. Accidents and ill health can ruin lives and affect your business too if output is lost, or equipment is damaged, which inevitably leads to an increase in insurance premiums or you have to go to court to defend yourself and your business.
The law does however require you to ensure that your assessments are suitable and sufficient.