What is a Risk Assessment?

A risk assessment is the systematic identification of potential hazards in the work place by personnel as a first step to controlling the possible risks involved.

A hazard is anything that has the potential to cause harm.

A risk is the likelihood of someone being exposed to that hazard and harmed as a result.

Risk assessments must be in place for all This Corporation operations.

The risk assessment should assess the risk that may be present in all work activities, and may identify particular areas for more detailed 'specific' assessments.

A duty of care is owed to the individual, and risk assessment must take this into account. Therefore a person with special needs (such as people with physical or learning difficulties, young persons and pregnant women) will require an assessment of their activities which take their special needs into account.


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This information is derived from the Health & Safety Manual and Kit
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