Why Are Risk Assessments So Important?
Whilst health and safety is often thought of as an inconvenience, the truth is that good health and safety can turn the seemingly impossible into reality.
An accident however can end up costing a company thousands of pounds; and even worse than this, a life. When you have a business, it is your duty to ensure that people who work for you and any visitors are safe
The cornerstone of good health and safety is risk assessment.
Written risk assessments are also a legal requirement, if you have five or more employees. If you have less – then you do not have to document anything but you must have considered hazards and control measures.
Are your risk assessments suitable and sufficient for managing health and safety in your business? Or are they just a set of templates, pulled together and hidden in a file just in case the HSE should drop by and ask to see them?
HSE advises that there are five simple steps to building a risk assessment:
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
- Record your significant findings
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
THSP have been working hard over the past 18 months to develop an online risk assessment builder so you can be confident that your risk assessments meet these requirements. Time saving, accessible and specific, the risk assessment builder will be constantly updated so that your assessments reflect the latest legal and industry best practices.
An annual subscription allows for five users including one administrator, and additional users can be added when required allowing the creation of as many assessments as needed. Company logos can be added to help staff take ownership of their assessment.
To give it a try, simply log on to www.riskassessmentbuilder.com and use the trial version to complete two FREE risk assessments. Online guides will take you through the process. Protect yourself and your staff now. Update your Risk Assessments and have the peace of mind that your documentation is current and relevant to the work at hand.