This factsheet covers all the most frequently asked questions about risk assessments, including the basic steps and risk assessments for things like stress and pregnant workers.
A risk assessment is a careful examination of the work activities that could, whether on or off site, cause harm to people so that your employer can weigh up whether they have taken adequate precautions or should do more to prevent harm.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to carry out formal assessments of any risks to new or expectant mothers in the workplace. Risks include those to the unborn child or to the child who is being breastfed.
Back injuries are the greatest single cause of absenteeism from the workplace, often caused by manual handling activities, eg the lifting and carrying of loads. ATL is concerned at the number of members injured as a result of such activities.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sets out a step-by-step approach to risk assessment in its guidance Five steps to risk assessment, as follows.