(1) Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of-
(a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work; and
(b) the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking.
This Regulation applies to both employers and self-employed persons. It states that all employers and self-employed persons are to assess the risks to workers and any others who may be affected by their work or business. This will allow measures that need to be taken to comply with Health & Safety law to be identified. For organisations with five or more employees, a written risk assessment is required.
To gain an idea of how compliant your business is currently in this regard complete our brief self-assessment checklist on Management of Health (Item A) and Safety at Work and Item L on Training.
For more information about the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (1999), please visit the Health & Safety Executive Website: Management of Health & Safety at Work which provides the Approved Codes of Practice and relevant Guidance. For further information about how to conduct a Risk Assessment, visit the HSE Webpage: Five Steps to a Risk Assessment.