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Risk Assessments are required for businesses as under UK law, but small and medium businesses often struggle to assign responsibility for the task or are unaware of what a risk assessment actually involves!
We launched our Risk Assessment course (the only one in the UK accredited by IOSH!) to plug the knowledge gap but we've decided to go one step further by producing a Risk Assessment template.
You can download the template as a Word doc or PDF, and then edit it with your company information. We will run through each item on the document in this post but we do highly recommend training to make sure that you are completing and documenting your risk assessments to meet Government specification.
For a more comprehensive Health & Safety training, we also run a 4-day IOSH Managing Safely course. This workshop also covers risk assessment in more detail and will teach you how to manage health and safety in the workplace in a way that meets UK Health and Safety Regulations.
Risk Assessment Template
First, download the risk assessment template:
Obviously, you're going to want your own branding and your own introduction, so the first thing we recommend doing is changing the header to your business name and removing all the text above the table.
This would be an ideal place to write down your expectations of employees so that everyone is clear.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Risk Assessment Training to our Health & Safety training options. It's our second IOSH accredited course, joining our highly popular IOSH Managing Safely training course.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals in the world, and currently we are the only organisation to offer an IOSH accredited Risk Assessment course!
At the end of our 1-day IOSH Introduction to Risk Assessment training course you will be able to carry out effective, comprehensive risk assessments that meet industry standards. You will also take a short practical test at the end of the day resulting in an IOSH Risk Assessment certificate.
IOSH Risk Assessment Course Dates
The first available dates for our brand new Risk Assessment course are:
- 3rd October 2012
- 10th December 2012
If those dates aren't suitable for you then it is also possible to arrange a private session either at your premises or at our training centre in Brighton. Please call us on 01273 622272 for a tailored quote.
How to Comply with UK Health and Safety Legislation
Regardless of complying with Health and Safety laws, providing Health and Safety Training for your staff is something that all businesses should seriously consider.
Sending staff on accredited Health and Safety courses provide a wide range of benefits including reductions in insurance costs, increased productivity and profitability and an enhanced reputation for your organisation.
In addition - all businesses should take some simple steps to ensure you are compliant with HSE (health and safety executive) regulations.
To be fully compliant in terms of training - we'd recommend sending managers on an accredited course - the IOSH Managing Safely Course is available with us.
However here are our 10 Health and Safety tips to ensure that your organisation is compliant in the eyes of the HSE
Top 10 Health & Safety Tips
How to Comply with HSE Health and Safety Regulations
- Conduct a Risk Assessment for your workplace and document it - you need to think about what could cause harm, and what precautions you will take to prevent it.
- Any business with employees (so everyone except one-man-bands!) needs to take out Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance - you should display a copy of the certificate somewhere in your office.
- Write down how Health and Safety is managed in your business in the form of a Health and Safety Policy (this is compulsory if you employ more than 5 people)
- You need to have a person or people available in your organisation to provide Health and Safety advice to employees so that they can meet their responsibilities. This could be someone within your business who has received training, or an external consultant.
- You should frequently consult employees on health and safety to ensure that they understand any responsibilities that they have and are happy with the measures you have in place.
- Provide Health and Safety training for employees so that they are aware of the hazards and risks in the workplace and are equipped to manage them. The IOSH Managing Safely training course is a useful programme for all line managers to attend as it leads to a recognised health and safety qualification.
- Provide basic health, safety and welfare needs for all employees. This includes access to toilets, washing facilities and drinking water. These facilities must be suitable for any employees with disabilities.
- Provide Health and Safety Law information for employees to reference. This should take the form of a poster or leaflet displayed publicly in your workplace.
- By law, there are some work related accidents and diseases that you must report if they occur. More details on these can be found on the HSE website
- All businesses that deal with hazardous substances (e.g. explosives, asbestos etc...) or operate in an inherently hazardous industry (like construction) must register with the HSE
Hopefully your business already does all of the above.
If not, and you need some Health and Safety training or advice - please feel free to call us on 01273 622272 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org