Comment on our proposed changes to risk assessment guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) wants to make some changes to its current guidance on risk and are seeking feedback before the guidance is published. Feedback can be provided via a short questionnaire. The proposed changes HSE are concerned that many people see the requirement to record significant findings of a risk assessment as something separate from other things they do to manage their business. A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork – it is about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. We want to put more emphasis on controlling risk and less on written assessments, without reducing standards. The agency want to make it very clear to businesses that risk assessment should be part of day-to-day business management. Your risk assessment can be part of an existing business document, such as: your workplace ‘housekeeping’ rules manufacturers’ instructions training materials method statements safety data sheets The main thing is to make sure the way you record your significant findings helps you manage risk well. Complete the questionnaire The proposed changes have been highlighted in the core leaflet: Risk assessment: A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace/ and HSE want to hear if: you find these changes helpful; it is clear that you do not need to keep a special ‘risk assessment’ document; it is clear that other documents you already have can do the same thing and you think this works in practice and whether it would save you time.

HSE ebulletin, 7 October 2016 ; ;