Risk assessments, an integral part of workplace safety

Health and safety rules can often feel like an inconvenience, but they are there to protect us and those around us. Statistics released by the HSE in July reported that 144 workers in Great Britain were killed whilst at work in 2015-2016. This begs the question, was there a suitable risk assessment in place? 

A risk assessment is not only an important step in ensuring a safe and healthy work environment, it is a legal requirement in any business with more than five employees. 

As of 1 February last year, sentencing guidelines are now stricter than ever, so why risk something going wrong? It is crucial to note, that contrary to popular belief, spotting potential hazards by conducting a risk assessment will not prevent people from doing things, rather it identifies ways of enabling people to do things in a safe manner. 

Shield Safety Group's team of Environmental Health Practitioners have written a suite of generic work-based risk assessments, perfect for a wide range of businesses. Shield Safety provides the tools and software to help you complete accurate and comprehensive risk assessments and with over 500 innovative templates to choose from, you can easily assess risk, protect your employees and your business. 

Having a written risk assessment in place in the event of an Official Officer visit acts as due diligence and provides the evidence you need to demonstrate how far you’ve gone to make a situation as safe as possible. 

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