The importance of risk assessments can’t be underestimated. All workplaces need risk assessment in place to protect both employees and employers and where risk assessments aren’t fit for purpose there is more scope for an accident or injury at work compensation claim.
New companies may often find setting up risk assessments with low capital or little industry awareness difficult. It would be good if there was a single one size fits all template for risk assessments but this kind of practice would be difficult to manage and realistically every business’ needs are different.
What is a Risk Assessment?
A risk assessment is a careful examination of things in any given workplace which could cause harm to people. The examination should result in an answer to the question: Have you taken enough precautions to prevent any harm?
All companies have a legal obligation to carry out risk assessment to protect the workforce and avoid the risk of compensation claims. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations covers this obligation and any evidence that you’re not meeting its expectations can result in harsh penalties.
Help for Completing a Risk Assessment
There are companies who specialise in risk assessments but they come at a premium. It is important to ensure your risk assessments are tailored to your business however as if an accident does occur loopholes will be found immediately.
Where the funds aren’t available for a specialist third party company then there are some specialised templates online and also a lot of advice and support from the Health and Safety Executive. They have a simple five step plan which applies to all risk assessments so whether you run a large corporate office or a small café you can tailor the advice to your needs.
What if there’s nothing in place?
Where a risk assessment doesn’t meet the requirement of a premises or business then the company can get into trouble in a number of ways. If an employee injures themselves whilst at work their compensation claim will be easier to process and admitting fault on the company’s part is almost a given.
To minimise the risk of accidents at work employers simply must keep their health and safety risk assessments in the working area up to date. Regular checks are essential and where training is needed it must be provided. As we discussed in March inadequate training is another key problem for businesses so health and safety really can’t be underestimated.
There are plenty of risk assessment templates online but you’ll soon see trying to fit your business into a template which is designed for another is a really bad idea. Carry out your own personalised risk assessments and you can be safe in the knowledge you’re providing the level of protection your employees need.
Lamb and Co. regularly handle accident and work compensation claims where inadequate or non-existent risk assessments are a key problem. Employee safety should be a top priority for all businesses and not an afterthought.