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Risk assessment is examining and assessing a task in the workforce to identify if any of the manual handling activities represents a hazard, which in turn can lead to accident and or injury. The risk assessment will then document the best way to avoid the accident or injury.

Risk assessments have to be carried out in the business. It is your duty to ensure that you are aware of the risk assessments and that you comply with them. Risk assessment can only be carried out by a ‘competent person’ who is fully trained and has the knowledge and skills in business in order to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment...

The main steps of risk assessment identified by the HSE are to:
1. Identify and document the hazard
2. To Establish and document who may be harmed and how
3. To Evaluate risks and precautions, draw up an action plan
4. And to Record the findings and implement them

Risks that are identified in two similar sites or locations are not always the same, so it is necessary to conduct assessments for all sites. Workers who actually do the job should be consulted in order to gain a complete and full understanding of the job at all sites.

When carrying out Risk Assessments the regulations state four main factors that must be taken into account. These factors can be remembered under the acronym T.I.L.E.

  • Task
  • Individual 
  • Load
  • Environment.