Your employees expect to be safe and free from harm at work, and as their employer you have responsibilities to ensure that they are. A health risk assessment is a comprehensive and systematic exercise to identify hazards in the workplace, and then to put in place steps to control and minimise risks to personnel.
These hazards generally arise as a result of the physical work environment, the materials and substances used, the necessary work tasks, the way in which they are performed, and the overall work design structures. A health risk assessment will seek to identify any potential biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards and to determine the associated health risks.
A professional health risk assessment equips an organisation to ensure that programs are adequate, effective, and meet legislative requirements – a key protection in the event of the threat of legal action or prosecution.