What is a Risk Assessment and does every employer have to carry out one?
Employers have a duty to assess any activities in the workplace that could cause harm and carry out a risk assessment to identify the hazards and control the risks. This helps to put in place steps to prevent accidents and injury in the workplace.
What is a hazard?
A hazard is anything that may cause harm such as working from ladders, electricity, contact with chemicals or exposure to noise.
What is a risk?
A risk is the chance whether high or low, of somebody being harmed by the hazard, and how serious the harm could be.
What are my employers legal obligations?
Employers are required by law, under Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, to identify and manage risks within the workplace.
The regulations require employers to consider in the risk assessment what in their business might cause harm and how and, the people who might be affected. If your employer employs five or more staff, they are required to record the findings of the risk assessment.
The risk assessment should cover all groups of people who might be harmed by the activities of the business. If an employer employs young people under 18, migrant workers, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers or individuals with disabilities, they need to consider the specific risks posed to them and put in place any additional controls and measures necessary.
Employers can find a template risk assessment on the Health Safety Executive website.
At Aston Knight Solicitors, local solicitors in Bury, we have experience of acting for hundreds of individuals who have been unfortunate to suffer an injury or accident at work. From our experience of pursing accident at work claims many employers have failed in assessing and identifying the hazards in the workplace and controlling the risks which has lead to injuries in the workplace.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident or injury at work and require legal advice please contact a member of our specialist team on 0800 999 6661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Emma Pearce, Solicitor