Health & Safety Risk Assessment

Not just a 'tick box' procedure

Manage your RAMS

Use the step-by-step online RAMS Builder to create and manage your risk assessments and method statements. The application is still in early design and testing phase , so we welcome your suggestions and feedback after trying it. You won't need a new account to test it.

Manage your RAMS

Preparing a Health & Safety Risk Assessments and Method statements is not just a 'tick box' procedure. When applied systematically, risk assessment tools and techniques can point out to early vulnerabilities, and then find the necessary measures to eliminate them or mitigate the consequences of failure.

Risk assessment should begin early in the life cycle of any project or complex system, and should be seen as a continual process to protect both our security officers and your employees from slips and trips accidents, violence of all sorts and work-related health problems. This is not only often a legal obligation as it helps reduce costs and the negative impact of work related accidents and sickness absence.

In the UK, every business is required by law to identify and control the risks in their workplace, this also includes self-employed or those work from home. Employees or anybody who may be affected must be given the appropriate information, written instruction, training, personal protective equipment, and supervision.

In order to work in a safe environment and conditions, our security officers need to be properly informed about the hazards related to each activity and the necessary measures adopted by our client to deal with each related risk, especially in building and industrial sites: Accidents such as slips, trips and falls are very frequent in the private security sector.

Part of our security services is to help small to medium businesses manage their health and safety; stay compliant; and keep their employees & customers safe by reducing the chances of an accident occurring in their workplace. One of our Risk Assessment experts will conduct a thorough check of your business premises and then let you know what are the necessary actions you need to take to ensure your employees and customers safety.

When carrying a workplace Risk Assessment, we follow five steps:

  1. Identify the various hazards associated with activities (Negligible hazards, hazards with marginal effect, critical hazards, and catastrophic hazards) and anything that might cause harm. A hazard can be physical, such as slips and trips; or mental, such as working for long hours; or chemical, such as asbestos; or biological, such as infectious diseases.
  2. Identify the number of people affected by certain activities, their tasks and how. This includes employees, customers,visitors and other people on the premises. All work routines must be reviewed in various situations and locations. Young workers , disabled employees and care giving or pregnant women should be given more priority.
  3. Determine and evaluate each risk level and status by calculating the likelihood and severity of a hazard.

    Suggest control measures for each activity and then recalculate again the likelihood and severity of hazards based on given control measures. The new risk level and status should be lower after suggested control measures are in place.

    The goal of a risk assessment team is to reduce risk to acceptable or al least tolerable level. Any risk measured as very high must be stopped immediately.

  4. Once significant hazards are identified, those who are involved in related activities need to be given the necessary actions they should take. Hazards, risks, safety points and and controls must be communicated to those who are involved. Recorded findings should be referred to and re-read from time to time - not hidden away in a cupboard only to show a business is compliant with Health & Safety regulations.

    The format and recordings of the assessment should be easily read and up-to the point. .It shouldn't be overcomplicated and should be illustrated where necessary.

  5. A Risk Assessment is working document and should be kept under review to ensure that control measures are still in effect and effective. Any new working practices, equipment or machinery must be taken into account when reviewing an assessment.

In the event of new events or duties, The Risk Assessment Report should be reviewed more than once within one year.

The risk assessment starts with a preliminary checklist guideline to facilitate the initial steps in the process of Health & Safety Risk Assessment. Each premises is divided into work areas and separate work activities and for each activity the assessor should assess whether a Health & Safety Risk Assessment is required. Activities with trivial hazards should be ignored.

Each business premises has different requirements. Even similar businesses can have different risks and requirements - the reason we don't use ready templates and forms: Our risk assessment is more based on specific work activities and areas risk assessment - rather than off-the shelf templates.

If you are business owner and you are looking to safeguard your employees and reduce your business insurance premium, our expert assessors can prepare a thorough Health & Safety Risk Assessment report that can keep you on the right side of the law, and most importantly, safe.

Our risk assessment services are free of charge as part of our security services when we take on a new security contract.