Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Risk assessment

A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in work, could cause harm to people, so that it is possible to weigh up whether enough precautions have been taken or more should be done to prevent harm. It is an important step in protecting workers and businesses, as well as complying with the law.

The HSAW act 1974 place a general duty to ensure health, safety and welfare at work of all employees so far as is reasonably practicable.

There is a legal duty under MHSW regulations 1999 to carry out risk assessment. If an organisation employs 5 or more, it is necessary to record all significant findings.

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