05/06/2008

Example risk assessments for small businesses

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has created, in partnership with
stakeholders, example risk assessments. These help businesses - especially sme
- to identify practical actions that protect people from harm and injury, and
show that risk assessment does not need to be a bureaucratic experience.

A risk assessment is an important step in protecting your workers and your
business, as well as complying with the law. It helps you focus on the risks
that really matter in your workplace - the ones with the potential to cause
real harm. In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control
risks, for example ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not
slip, or cupboard drawers are kept closed to ensure people do not trip. For
most, that means simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure your most
valuable asset - your workforce - is protected.

The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to
protect people as far as 'reasonably practicable'. This guide tells you how to
achieve that with a minimum of fuss.

This is not the only way to do a risk assessment, there are other methods that
work well, particularly for more complex risks and circumstances. However, we
believe this method is the most straightforward for most organisations.

Example risk assessments are avialable for the following businesses:

Shops

  • Convenience store/newsagent

  • Hairdressing salon

  • Off licence

  • Butchers

  • Betting office

  • Dry cleaners

  • Cleaning large retail premises

  • Cleaning a shopping centre concourse

  • Food preparation and service


Motor vehicles


  • Motor vehicle repair shop

  • Motor vehicle showroom

  • Private hire

  • Car parking service

  • Road haulage


Office


  • Travel agent

  • Estate agency

  • Office-based business

  • General office cleaning

  • Office work at a manufacturing company

  • Call centre


Other


  • Contract bricklayers

  • Warehouse

  • Cold storage warehousing

  • Chilled storage

  • Poultry farm

  • Plastering company

  • Woodworking

  • Village hall

  • Night club


More info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive