assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people in
Doing a risk assessment will help employers identify the
significant risks in their workplace, and avoid wasted effort by
effectively targeting these.
A good risk assessment will help avoid
accidents and ill health, which can not only ruin lives, but can also
increase costs to business through lost output, compensation claims and
higher insurance premiums.
Employers have a legal
obligation to protect their health and safety and that of their workforce.
Regulation 3, of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
1999, requires, among other things, that all employers assess the risks to
the health and safety of their employees while they are at work.