What is Risk Control?Risk control is about the methods you can use to get rid of or manage a risk:· Avoidance – identifying and implementing alternative procedures or activities toeliminate risk.· Contingency – having a prearrangedplan of action that will come into force as andwhen the risk occurs.· Prevention – putting in place measures to stop a problem from occurring or havingimpact on a work area or organisation.· Reduction – taking action to minimise either the likelihood of the risk developing, or itseffects.· Transference – transferring the risk to a third party, for example with an insurancepolicy.· Acceptance – tolerating the risk when its likelihood and impact are relatively minor, orwhen it would be too expensive to mitigate it.This leaflet aims to help you assess health and safety risks in the workplaceA 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 arecleaned 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 thismethod is the most straightforward for most organisations.What is risk assessment?A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.Accidents and ill health can ruin lives and affect your business too if output is lost, machinery is damaged, insurance costs increase or you have to go to court. You are legally required to assess the risks in your workplace so that you put in place a plan to control the risks.
Five steps to risk assessmentHow to assess the risks in your workplaceFollow the five steps in this leaflet:Step 1Identify the hazardsStep 2Decide who might be harmed and howStep 3Evaluate the risks and decide on precautionsStep 4Record your findings and implement themStep 5Review your assessment and update if necessaryDon’t overcomplicate the process. In many organizations, the risks are well known and the necessary control measures are easy to apply. You probably already know