02-04-2014

What specific information do you need to include in your risk assessment, exactly? Essentially it needs to include all of the details that you take down during the process of the risk assessment.

The HSE says that your risk assessment document "should include consideration of what in your business might cause harm and how and, the people who might be affected".

"It should, the executive states, "take into account any controls which are already in place and identify what, if any, further controls are required."

The main things that should be included in the risk assessment and things that can prove you have carried one out. For instance, it's vital to show that a proper check was made as well as the fact that all people who might be affected were considered.

You must show that all significant risks have been assessed, the precautions are reasonable and also that the remaining risk is low.

Those carrying out the assessment do not need to include any insignificant risks and also don't need to include risks that come from everyday life. That is unless your work activities increase the risk.

Finally, any paperwork that you do produce should enable you to help with communicating and managing any of the risks that may be noticeable within your business.

In order to help with the process, the HSE has made a number of documents available on its website to ease the process.

These include a template to help you to record your assessment and example risk assessments that you are able to adapt for your own workplace.

As well as this, there are a number of online risk assessment tools, which can act as quick and easy tools for low risk environments such as offices, shops and classrooms.

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