New risk assessment tools save businesses time and money

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed a new electronic
template specially for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which
combines, into one document, the requirements of a health and safety policy,
risk assessment and written record of health and safety arrangements.

Example risk assessments for a range of industries have also been developed to
show businesses what a 'good enough' record may look like.

90 per cent of test users of the example risk assessments said they could get
their own done more quickly, saving almost half the time on average.

In addition, almost three-quarters of businesses that took part in the survey
said the example risk assessments provided were very good or excellent.

Speaking during The European Week for Safety and Health at Work (19-23
October), HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, said:

"We want to help get the message to small and medium-sized companies that risk
assessments needn't be time consuming, bureaucratic or complicated. But they
are essential to managing dangers in the workplace. We encourage a common sense
approach that is proportionate to the potential risks involved."

"Most employers are already well aware of the risks that exist in their
workplaces, making it easy for them to complete risk assessments. The most
important aspects of risk assessments are that they need to be acted upon and
updated regularly."

More information: - Source: Health and Safety Executive