Introduction to Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment: Introduction


The employer is required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to make, record, review and, where necessary, revise risk assessments as regards all hazards.

The employer also has risk assessment obligations for specific hazards such as relating to:

  • noise;
  • lead;
  • asbestos;
  • radiation;
  • display screen work;
  • substances hazardous to health;
  • manual handling of loads;
  • personal protective equipment.

Care is needed to ensure that for any of these specific hazard assessments:

  • the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work assessments are met where these exceed the requirements for the specific hazard assessment;
  • the requirements for the specific hazard assessment are met where these exceed the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work assessment.

      To help him take the necessary care, the employer will find a very useful tabular comparison of risk assessment requirements in the Health and Safety Executive's "Guide to Risk Assessment Requirements"

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