As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm.

Click here to go to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) Guidance on Risk Assessments.

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the minimum you must do is:

  • identify what could cause injury or illness in your business (hazards)
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be harmed and how seriously (the risk)
  • take action to eliminate the hazard, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk

Assessing risk is just one part of the overall process used to control risks in your workplace.

For most small, low-risk businesses the steps you need to take are straightforward.

If your business is larger or higher-risk, you can find detailed guidance here.

If you’re self-employed, check if health and safety law applies to you.