Health and Safety Risk Assessment

GENERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY  RISK
ASSESSMENT

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A general health and safety risk assessment is required under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and assesses risks arising from general hazards within your working environment.

Examples of general hazards may be:

  • Trailing cables
  • Uneven flooring
  • Unsecured shelving
  • Poor hygiene

It is a requirement that the general health and safety risk assessment be carried out by a competent person.  Failure to comply with this requirement may render a general risk assessment as non-conforming and void.

On a practical level, the main benefit of a general health and safety risk assessment is to reduce the likelihood of general hazards resulting in harm.

On a legal level, the main benefit of having a general health and safety risk assessment in place is that if a worst-case scenario does happen and a general hazard does result in harm, your organisation will have a legal defense.

These benefits rely on the health and safety risk assessment being kept up-to-date, and recommendations made in the risk assessment being acted on within a reasonable timeframe.

 

Health and Safety Risk Assessments and Training